Justin Cogar is taking his talents to Concord.
The former Westside star says he will get to play quarterback at CU, a program with championship aspirations.
A preferred walk-on at WVU, Cogar said he spent much of the summer in Morgantown. But homesickness set in.
“I decided to come home and think about it,” he said.
He spoke to Garin Justice, the Mountain Lions head coach , who told him the same offer was available that he had made previously: A full ride and an opportunity to play quarterback.
“He said I could possibly get on the field this year,” Cogar noted.
“It was a very tough decision,” he said. “I think it will be better for me all around. I think I made the right decision.”
Knowing he wouldn’t be the signal caller at WVU was a factor.
“I didn’t realize how much I would miss playing quarterback,” said Cogar. “It means a lot to me.
“To get a do-over is something special,” he added.
Concord went 13-1 last season and reached the Division II national semifinals before falling to Mankato State.
“I talked to Concord a lot (last year),”Cogar said. “It was one of my top choices behind WVU. It was always in the back of mind.”
The team’s recent success figured into his choice.
“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think this was a team that could compete for the national championship,” he commented.
He arrived at the CU campus over the weekend.
Cogar was one of the top players in West Virginia last year, finishing third in the Kennedy Award voting and making first team all-state.
He paced Westside to a semifinal finish in the state AA playoffs.
Cogar announced in February that he would be a preferred walk-on at West Virginia.
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