- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
Tanner McEvoy was hoping his recruitment would start picking up soon. He got his wish.
The Arizona Western College quarterback is leaving for an official visit to West Virginia on Thursday and said he’s expecting an offer while he’s in Morgantown, W.V.
“I’m feeling good about it. I’d like to see the campus and meet the coaches, watch their bowl practice and really check out the school,” McEvoy said.
A 6-foot-6, 210-pound dual-threat quarterback who currently holds no offers, McEvoy said West Virginia first reached out to him a little more than a week ago.
The Mountaineers are losing senior quarterback Geno Smith. Backups Paul Millard and Ford Childress will compete for the job, and WVU has a verbal commitment from three-star quarterback Chavas Rawlins (Monessen, Pa./Monessen).
McEvoy is confident that the spread offense he played in at Arizona Western makes him a good fit to potentially replace Smith if he chooses West Virginia.
“That’s probably why they’re recruiting me,” he said. “I fit their offense.”
McEvoy received a visit from Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich this weekend and said he’s currently planning to take an official visit to check out the Ducks on the weekend of Jan. 11.
Oregon found its next star quarterback in redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota this season, but that hasn’t stopped its coaches from seeking more depth at the position.
“They’re like West Virginia -- they’re looking for competition at the spot,” he said. “If I win the job, I win the job. They’re not guaranteeing anything.”
Texas sent co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to Arizona Western last week to meet McEvoy, but the quarterback said he hasn’t heard a word from Harsin or the UT staff since.
“I think that’s about over,” McEvoy said. “I think they have enough quarterbacks and they moved on. I kind of figured that out.”
Harsin did not offer a scholarship during or after the visit. McEvoy said he’d consider taking an official visit to Texas if he did receive an offer, but he’s not expecting one at this point.
“I was looking forward to it because I know how crazy Texas football is and I’d like to see the school,” McEvoy said. “I hear it’s a great school and a great program. I wish I could’ve saw it but it’s their choice. Hopefully I’ll play them in the national championship someday.”
McEvoy said Boston College has also begun recruiting him, and Arkansas has shown interest in the past.
As a redshirt freshman, McEvoy threw for 2,188 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 465 yards and six touchdowns and led Arizona Western to a win in the NJCAA El Toro Bowl.