Monday, February 11, 2013
Q&A: 2015 QB Chason Virgil
By Sam Khan Jr.
With national signing day in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look to the future.
While 2014 prospects are at the forefront, 2015 QB Chason Virgil (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) is already getting plenty of attention.
The sophomore signal-caller currently has three offers from Clemson, Missouri and most recently, Nebraska. Virgil has attended junior days at Baylor (Feb. 2) and Texas A&M (Jan. 27). GigEmNation recently caught up with Virgil, who threw for 2,289 yards and 21 touchdowns in his sophomore season.
GigEmNation: Your first two offers were from Clemson and Missouri. How did it feel to pick up those offers as a sophomore?
Chason Virgil: "It was kind of a weight lifted off my shoulders almost. I've been working so hard just to get the first offer. (West Mesquite teammate) [Kameron Miles] would always tell me when you get the first offer, the other ones will come in. So just to get the first one was a weight lifted off my shoulders and a great feeling."
GEN: And recently you picked up an offer from a Nebraska. What did you think of that?
CV: "It was kind of shocking at first. I'm glad that they're interested in me."
The 6-foot-1 Chason Virgil has offers from Nebraska, Clemson and Missouri.
GEN: What do you think about the Cornhuskers?
CV: "I think it's a great program. I really didn't watch them that much this past year, but I think it's a great program. I grew up watching Rex Burkhead play at Plano. The program they have, moving to the spread formation and playing in the Big Ten, things like that, I think it's good."
GEN: Do you plan to get up there for a visit?
CV: "Maybe, to take a visit or go to their camp."
GEN: How was Baylor's junior day?
CV: "It went real well. They let us walk around the locker room and show us where the student-athletes are, we met with the tutors and met with the coaches."
GEN: Which coach have you gotten to know over there?
CV: "Coach [Brian] Norwood right now. He's a cool dude and he's real laid back. He's just like one of us basically. He recruits this area so he gets along with us well."
GEN: How did Texas A&M's junior day go and what did you get to see?
CV: "We got to see the campus, got to see what A&M is about. They're about winning and not just winning on the field, but winning in the classroom. Even when you out of A&M you can still be part of it. They help you with jobs when you get out of football. We saw what new things they were getting there, like the new stadium. It was cool to see how A&M is building off of one year really. Just being able to go in there and see an SEC school and SEC program that was successful."
GEN: What were your conversations like with the A&M coaches?
CV: "It was a great conversation. We just talked about how the offense was and if I had any interest in the offense. We got to know each other more. We really just got to know each other more."
GEN: What do you think of the Aggies' offense?
CV: "I think it's a great offense. It think if I were to go there, I would fit into the offense perfectly fine. We run a little bit of it at my high school so it wouldn't be a lot for me to pick up on. It's very simplified as far as receivers and things like that. I like the offense because it puts a lot on the quarterback. I think I'm smart enough to do it and I'm doing it at high school."
GEN: How would you describe yourself as a quarterback?
CV: "I'm the type of quarterback who wants to throw the ball around but I don't mind running when I need to. I know running can help your team win and Johnny [Manziel] proved that this year at A&M. I don't mind running. I have the ability to run. I would call myself a dual-threat because I have the ability to run and do things with my feet. I really love throwing the ball and completing passes and getting first downs and stuff like that."