Blue Chip Chat with...Chavas Rawlins, Monessen High School
Rawlins is an excellent athlete with good size. He became Monessen's starter only last season, but showed enough to earn major college scholarship offers. Rawlins completed 71 of 153 for 991 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011, but threw 12 interceptions. He rushed for 623 yards on 107 carries. Rawlins' brother, Justice, is a standout junior linebacker for Monessen, and get this: Both Chavas (pronounced SHAVE-as) and Justice will play soccer for Monessen this season. Chavas also plays basketball for the Greyhounds.
Rawlins made a verbal commitment to West Virginia this spring. He had other scholarship offers and said Duke, Tennessee and Navy also were on his final list. Some schools wanted Rawlins as a defensive back.
You have to be one of the biggest safeties in WPIAL Class A? Some schools were actually recruiting me as a defensive back. Tennessee wanted me as a cornerback. South Florida wanted me as a safety.
Do you like defense? I love defense. We take defense to heart in Monessen.
Your completion percentage was low last year and you threw 12 interceptions. Do you have to get better this year?
Most certainly. But I feel like I'm way better. This summer, I threw a whole lot. I went to some camps, too, and worked out a lot.
Your team went from the Tri-County South to the Black Hills Conference this year. Is that a good thing? It's a great thing. We're happy to actually get out of the Tri-County South. We won't be beating teams, 48-0, and then get to the playoffs without having played a great team yet. It's going to be harder in the new conference, but I think with the players we have this year, we're going to be excellent. We have great expectations.
Your brother missed all last season with a knee injury. How is he doing? He looks great. He looks like a player you created from Madden [video game]. He's worked his rear end off. He's 6-3, 235. Pitt has offered and so has Rutgers. West Virginia is very interested, but they want to see him play a couple games. I'd love for him to go to West Virginia, but I'd love for him to go anywhere. What I would really love is for him to go to a Big 12 Conference school. Then I'd see him every year.
Tell me a hidden talent of yours? Not a lot of people know I play soccer. Myself and my brother play.
Do you go to soccer practices at all now? Yeah.
During two-a-days for football you also go to soccer? Isn't that crazy? Well, like [Wednesday], I got up at 6:30 and we had football conditioning from 8 to 8:30. We had practice in full pads from 10 to 12 and then again from 4 to 6. Then I went to soccer practice from 6:30 to 8.
I really can't move after some of these days [laugh]. But it's all worth it. We have high expectations on both teams, and I play a key role on both teams. I know in the end it will pay off.
Where does the name Chavas come from? There is no significance. Actually, my mom just wanted something different. You won't find too many Chavas names around the world, if you know what I mean. Definitely not around Monessen. Everyone knows there's only one Chavas in Monessen.
First Published August 17, 2012 12:00 am