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QB Rawlins seeing his recruitment rise

Recruiting is heating up for Monessen, Pa. quarterback Chavas Rawlins. Already the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder claims four scholarships and even more schools are picking it up for the top quarterback.
"I've got offers from Akron, Pittsburgh, Illinois and North Carolina," he said. "I think it was more shocking a year ago cause I never thought I'd be in this situation so early.
"My stepfather went to Pittsburgh and I liked Pittsburgh as a kid. Then, Illinois offered and that's when it started to pick up. I'm excited about the offers already, but I'm going to wait my decision out to see what else comes to me."
Pittsburgh certainly has a slight edge early.
"My mom likes Pittsburgh and my older brother went there," he said. "They aren't forcing me to go there, but I know it's definitely a pretty good school.
"The thing I like about Pittsburgh are the new coaches, Coach Chryst and his staff are good people."
Meanwhile, other schools are interested including Oregon State, West Virginia, Maryland, Penn State, Virginia and Buffalo.
As interest grows, what is he looking for?
"I'm looking for a college I can spend the rest of my life there, a place I could possibly stay if the NFL doesn't come along. A place I could find a house after college."
Rawlins recently visited Penn State and is eyeing trips to Maryland, Illinois, North Carolina and West Virginia sometime soon.
"I really liked it at Penn State," he said. "They are very highly interested and they are recruiting me as an athlete first until I work out."
On the field, Rawlins earned first team all-conference as a quarterback and safety. He posted 991-yards passing and approximately 650-yards rushing along with 27 total touchdowns to just eight interceptions. He added eight interceptions on defense.
A five-sport athlete, Rawlins also participates in track, soccer, baseball and basketball. Though he is a basketball recruit, Rawlins is focused on football for the next level.