Wassil makes most of trips to Morgantown

HUBBARD – When Brennan Wassil first visited West Virginia University, he had no concrete plans of becoming a Mountaineer.

In turn, WVU may not have jumped at the chance to offer a scholarship to the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Hubbard quarterback.

“They really didn’t talk to me at all,” said Wassil, who first attended a Mountaineer game this past season with Eagles running back L.J. Scott. “I was proactive and introduced myself to the coaches. I told them about myself and some of them looked at my tapes to see what I was about.

“After that they showed some interest and sent me mail and called me and invited me to some more games.”

By Week 3 of the 2013 high school season, Wassil had an offer as a preferred walk on with the WVU football program.

On the first day of February 2014, he accepted.

“That was always my dream – to be at a big D-I school,” Wassil said. “When I was little, I always wanted to be at Notre Dame but as time went on I didn’t necessarily have the grades for it.

“I found a good fit at West Virginia and I’m happy to be there.”

Wassil, a transfer from Kennedy Catholic in Hermitage, Pa., threw for 928 yards on 63 of 106 passes with 17 touchdowns in his first and only season of Ohio prep football. He helped lead the Eagles to an undefeated regular season and two playoff wins before falling to eventual Division III state champion Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary.

He also amassed 13 rushing touchdowns, picked off three passes as a defensive back and recorded 44 solo tackles. At West Virginia, he has a chance to be in the quarterback mix right away.

The Mountaineers struggled in their second season of Big 12 play. They went 4-8 with wins over William & Mary, Georgia State, Oklahoma State and TCU.

WVU used three struggling quarterbacks who battled injuries all season. Ford Childress began the season as the starter but succumbed to a pectoral ailment in the second game and was shut down for the remainder of the year. After a suspension, he transferred to a junior college. In seven games, Paul Millard threw just as many interceptions (6) as he did touchdowns and Clint Trickett recently underwent shoulder surgery following his first year with the Mountaineers.

The program is expected to sign another quarterback, along with Wassil, and also welcomes in Skylar Howard – a junior college transfer from Texas.

“Seeing the quarterback situation, the coaches were honest with me about it,” Wassil said. “The situation is a little off and it’s anyone’s game. They were down this year, so what better opportunity to go and prove myself. I plan to work hard and show them what I can do and get better.”

Wassil is undecided on a major but is leaning toward business or communications and anticipates enrolling in the summer. He plans to visit the Morgantown campus again soon, with 2015 commit and Hubbard teammate Matt Jones, to look at residence halls and other academic opportunities.