High School Insider Q&A: Monessen's Chavas Rawlins
By Dave Mackall
Published: Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, 8:10 a.m.
Monessen senior Chavas Rawlins begins his second season as the Greyhounds' starting quarterback, hoping to lead his team to a WPIAL Class A championship.
“I want to be the one playing in December,” he said. “I've always been watching.”
Rawlins is a three-sport star at Monessen, where he also plays basketball and soccer. His brother, Justice, a junior, also plays football and soccer for the Greyhounds.
Football is Chavas' main gig — he's committed to West Virginia on a scholarship and will major in criminal justice — and he said he's ready to get his final high school season under way after combining for 1,590 yards of total offense, including nearly 1,000 yards passing, as a junior.
Q: How do you balance all the sports that you play?
A: Oh, it's a balancing act. The last couple of days before school, I've been able to go to soccer camps around football practices in the morning and evening. It gets a little tougher once school starts. Soccer games are usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'm trying to juggle it the best that I can.
Q: What kind of attention do you get now that you're committed to a big-time college program?
A: People greatly appreciate me a lot more, it seems. Usually, there are people who are very good athletes here but not good in school. They could've gone to Division I. Everybody's parents appreciate that I do the little things. I've kept my head on my shoulders, and it's starting to pay.
Q: What do you feel you need to improve on, and how do you do that?
A: This summer, I've improved very, very, very well on my passing. I basically only threw out patterns and streaks last year. Now, I'm confident that I can hit my receivers on slants, and post patterns and middle routes. The one thing I want to improve on is being better at supporting my teammates, being a vocal leader. Everybody here on this football team is my brother and my friend.
Q: Who's been your biggest influence?
A: Definitely my older brother (JoJo). Just what he's done for me in my life is the greatest thing ever. You don't ask for anything, and he was in college at Pitt, and he wanted to take care of us better because our dad wasn't around, and our mom had cancer (she since has recovered.). He left school and got a job to support us. That's the biggest man I ever met.
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