West Virginia receiver David Sills has had a unique college football career.
He was offered a scholarship by Lane Kiffin at the age of 13. He committed to USC, then flipped to West Virginia after Kiffin was fired. However, he was recruited as a quarterback, not a wide receiver.
In an interview with the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Sills said, “We were going against a team with a big receiver and they said to go out there. I guess it came about in a coaches meeting. I just looked at the depth chart and saw my name at receiver. I was like, OK, whatever.”
After impressing on the scout team two seasons ago, Sills said Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen asked him if he wanted to stay at wide receiver permanently. His redshirt came off, and Sills had a new position. He caught the game-winning touchdown in the 2015 Cactus Bowl, a 43-42 victory over Arizona State.
Shortly after, he transferred to a community college to chase his dream of playing quarterback. But after a year away from the Mountaineers he transferred back, and might be set to have a breakout season.
West Virginia will be tested immediately. They open the season with a showdown against rival Virginia Tech. It will be the first time the two teams have met since 2005.