Fresno State won a whirlwind recruitment of quarterback Chason Virgil, who had scholarship offers from Power Five programs and is graduating early from West Mesquite High in Mesquite, Texas, so he can enroll in school and compete for a starting job in spring practice.
The Bulldogs, Virgil said, didn't contact him until late November after a commitment to Mississippi State fell through because he was asked to grayshirt and delay his enrollment until January 2016.
Virgil, a four-year starter who passed for 2,765 yards and 41 touchdowns as a senior, reopened his recruitment and received scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Louisville and Southern Methodist and had offers before his commitment to Mississippi State from Auburn, Arizona State, Clemson and Florida.
But Fresno State and defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson made a quick impression that was cemented by coach Tim DeRuyter and offensive coordinator Dave Schramm.
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"It happened kind of late. They came in after the Mississippi State thing, but everything went very smoothly with them," Virgil said. "My parents felt good about it and I felt good about it."
He made an official visit to campus last weekend, flying home Sunday, and called DeRuyter on Tuesday morning to make a commitment.
"I felt a great vibe going out there," Virgil said. "I love the coaches and I love the system that they run, and the situation that I have to be able to play.
"I had a chance to look at some film and look at what they want to do and what they want to get back to and I feel as though I can help them get back to that point."
Fresno State received and validated a grant-in-aid agreement from Virgil on Tuesday afternoon, so he is set to enroll in the spring semester.
And West Mesquite coach Jeff Neill said Virgil is ready to compete when the Bulldogs' start practices.
"You can look up all the stats, but I'll tell you this -- he's extremely efficient from the quarterback position," Neill said. "He's got a really strong arm.
"He's definitely a pocket passer first, but he's a 4.5 kid in the 40 so he can take off and run, too, if you're going to cover everything and muddy up the reads. He can take off and hurt you with his feet as well.
"He's a great kid, just a phenomenal leader and one of the best players from that position that I've ever coached, ever been around. He takes the quarterback position very seriously and understands the responsibilities that come along with that position. He's just a phenomenal kid, phenomenal player, and I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to have coached him."