The Mountaineers didn't just get a top quarterback today, they also hauled in arguably the country's top receiving prospect. The Rivals100 target committed to West Virginia over offers from Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Boston College and more.
"I committed in the past hour to Coach Bill Stewart," Chesapeake (Va.) Great Bridge wide receiver Logan Heastie said. "He jumped out of his chair and welcomed me to the family. They got the whole staff together and we went to the parking lot and had a little bash with Tajh Boyd's family, it was exciting."
Today was the first visit to Morgantown for the four-star prospect.
"It was my first time I Morgantown and just the feeling there was ridiculous," he said. "I went to morning practice and watched it and saw what they could do," he said. "It was a difference between need and want. West Virginia needs and wants me. I can step in and have an immediate impact on campus and my best friend Tajh Boyd committed too. That hit me with a sucker punch. Now I know I have a reliable quarterback to get it done with in the future. Plus, the coaches are just awesome. It's a family atmosphere and it's crazy."
What was it that wowed the 6-foot-2, 181-pounder?
"I knew it would be awesome, but when I talked to Coach Beatty that's when it sunk in," he said. "He told me they not only want me, but need me. He thinks I can step right in and I confirmed that when I saw morning practice. This is the perfect situation and timing is everything. It worked out for me."
Chris Beatty, a former high school coach in the Virginia Beach area was a big factor for Heastie in the end.
"That was probably the biggest thing for me since he's from my area, he's like family," he said. "I trust him with everything and don't think he'll lie to me. You know when you go to college it comes down to trust because everything else is basically the same. I trust him with everything. I know some people say bad things about him since he put up 80-points on teams in high school, but he doesn't down anybody and stays positive."
One last conversation with Beatty sealed the deal for Heastie.
"I talked to him and said I know you've been at Hampton and Northern Illinois the past few years," he said. "I asked, 'Coach, you're not going to leave anytime soon.' He told me he's going to stick around and he just bought a house here."
The Mountaineers expect the No. 22 prospect in the country to play as soon as next fall.
"As soon as I step on campus they think I'll make an immediate impact," he said. "They want me to play on the outside slot so I can come around sweeps. It should be a good deal."
Meanwhile, Heastie confirmed he will graduate early as well.
"I'm going to graduate high school and enroll in January," he said. "I plan to come in right after the ESPN Under Armor game."
Is there a chance Heastie will still look around?
"I have no second thoughts," he said. "This is the right decision for me. I think it's a done deal. I just have to get the stress off my chest and enjoy my first semester of my senior year."