West Virginia offensive coordinator Jake Spavital is one of the program’s biggest selling points for 2019 quarterback recruit Connor Bazelak.
Bazelak is a 3-star pro-style quarterback from Dayton (Ohio) Archbishop Alter. He told the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s Chris Anderson that Spavital’s experience getting quarterbacks ready for the NFL is a major reason why he is interested in the Mountaineers.
“I’m excited about [the offer],” Bazelak said. “After meeting Coach Spavital, he seems like a guy that can develop me into an NFL quarterback. With his background, he’s developed a lot of those guys. That’s my goal — to be in the NFL. He’d be a good guy to get me in that direction.”
Before his current stint at West Virginia, Spavital coached two early-round draft picks at quarterback. He helped develop Johnny Manziel, a first-round pick in 2014, during his time as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M. Before that, he was quarterbacks coach for West Virginia great Geno Smith, an eventual second-round pick.
Spavital was also a graduate assistant on Oklahoma State’s staff when Brandon Weeden, an eventual first rounder, was starting for the Cowboys. And now he’s helped turn Will Grier into a possible Heisman contender.
That track record is appealing to Bazelak and other young quarterbacks with aspirations of playing professional football. If Grier can improve his draft stock this coming season, Spavital and head coach Dana Holgorsen will have an even more compelling pitch for the nation’s top quarterback prospects.
Bazelak is the No. 17-ranked pro-style passer in the country for 2019, and the No. 28 overall player in Ohio. He also has reported offers from Kentucky, Pitt and Boston College.
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