Wednesday was an eventful one for the Fresno State Bulldogs, as the program announced that they've signed quarterback Chason Virgil and defensive back Alan Wright:
The Bulldogs are proud to welcome QB Chason Virgil and DB Alan Wright to the program. The duo will enroll in January. http://t.co/dOFagPqETP— Fresno State FB (@FresnoStateFB) December 17, 2014
As the above tweet mentions, the two recruits will enroll right away at the university, giving them an opportunity to participate in spring ball and become immediate contributors for a Fresno State team coming off of a disappointing 6-7 campaign.
The bigger name here is Chason Virgil, a quarterback out of Mesquite, Texas. If his name sounds somewhat familiar to you, chances are you came across the drama that unfolded between Virgil and Mississippi State back in November. You can read about it here, but to quickly summarize:
- Virgil commits to Mississippi State.
- Virgil graduates high school early to attend MSU in January.
- MSU head coach Dan Mullen pulls scholarship offer at last moment.
- Mullen asks Virgil to grey shirt.
- Virgil decommits.
One's loss is another's gain, however, and for Fresno State, it's a potentially huge gain. Virgil (6'1", 169 lbs) is a three-star, dual-threat quarterback with serious potential; he finished his senior season at West Mesquite with 2,765 passing yards, 411 rushing yards, and 49 total touchdowns. According to Rivals, he held offers from numerous high-quality programs such as Oklahoma, UCLA, Clemson, Boise State, and Arizona State.
You can watch Virgil's absurd highlight reel from his senior season below:
Alan Wright (6'1", 185 lbs) doesn't come with as high of a profile as Virgil, but the physical defensive back is still a good get for the Bulldogs.
At Blinn College, Wright accumulated 48 tackles (4 TFL), 4 pass breakups, and an interception in eight games. He'll look to contribute immediately for a defense that ranks 101st in points allowed, 117th in total defense, and 92nd in defensive efficiency.
You can check out Wright's speed and physicality in the secondary below: