When former West Virginia offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson left the program to take the same position at the University of Kentucky, many questioned current commits if they remained solid with the program.
One of those commitments was Montgomery High School (N.J.) quarterback Chris Chugunov.
Chugunov pulled the trigger and committed to West Virginia back in June, and has stayed faithful to his pledge until the end. For the kid they call “Chugs”, that end came when he officially signed his Letter of Intent to play football at WVU on Tuesday.
He will leave on Friday to join the Mountaineers for winter conditioning, which starts on Monday.
Chugunov was named Second-Team All State throwing for 2,855-yards and 27 touchdowns in 2014. Chugs has been working at The Quarterback Fraternity under quarterback trainer Chris Malleo.
Malleo, who played at Northwestern and in Canada, has worked with the likes of UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley and Arizona State signal caller Taylor Kelly.
“So, it starts with the ground. He uses his feet really well. He’s got great footwork. He drives off the back-end stem of his leg and really drives and throws the football and lets his arm kind of come along for the ride. So he’s got a great feel and understanding for the game, throws from an excellent platform all the time, but I think the biggest and most important thing with him is he’s such tremendous leader.”Malleo said.
“He’s got a great skill set and he understands his strengths and he understands his areas of improvements, but he works so hard,” Malleo said.
“There isn’t a guy out there who I know who has worked as hard as that kid has for an entire year to improve his numbers the way he has. When you combine a little bit of talent with a lot of hard work and the ability to self-diagnose your mistakes and improve, you are gonna have tremendous upside and be a successful quarterback.”
While many consider him underrated as a signal caller, Chugunov is known as one of the best quarterbacks in New Jersey.
Chugs is rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com.
Chris Chugunov Senior Season Highlights
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