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Trading Places

By Rick Hewlett, 10/07/17, 10:45AM CDT

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The David Sills V journey from QB to WR

College football fans might remember the David Sills V story as the middle school phenom QB who received an offer from Lane Kiffin at the age of thirteen. It was unheard of for a major college program like the University of Southern California to offer that early, but Lane Kiffin was known for doing the unthinkable. Sills V would verbally commit to USC as a seventh grader, but his story would take a few twists and turns along the way.

Throughout his teenage years, Sills V would light up the 7v7 football circuit while also assuming quarterbacking duties at Eastern Christian Academy, a newly formed high school founded by his father, David Sills IV. The quarterback prodigy possessed all the tools to succeed at the next level. With high expectations and a scholarship already in hand, Sills V was expected to be the next great USC Trojans QB.

In 2013, the Eastern Christian Academy Honey Badgers would end their season with a 9-3 record, finishing well above expectations. However on the West Coast things weren’t on the up and up for Lane Kiffin in Trojan Country. After a 3-2 start that included two Pac-12 losses, Kiffin was dismissed as USC Head Coach. Steve Sarkisian entered into Kiffin’s old role and was expected to honor the David Sills V commitment; however, he still proceeded to recruit two other quarterbacks, the highly touted Ricky Town and a lesser-known QB at the time, Sam Darnold. Sills V would later de-commit and take his talents to Morgantown, WV.

Sills V arrived at West Virginia University as a QB, but would switch positions to WR shortly into the season. That move didn’t sit well with Sills V, so he packed his bags after the following offseason and headed to El Camino College in Torrance, CA. With time and the transfer window running out at the end of his El Camino season, Sills V received a call from Dana Holgorsen to return to Morgantown on one condition. With some coaxing from Holgorsen, Sills V put his quarterback dreams to the side and re-entered West Virginia as a wide receiver.

It didn’t take long for Sills V to get acclimated and show he could play the position. His 6’4” frame proved to be a mismatch when going up for 50/50 balls against shorter defenders.

With the addition of Will Grier at QB, it seems like the WVU offense is clicking and the chemistry between QB and WR is there. So much so that Sills V is the leading receiver for the Mountaineers, pulling down 26 receptions for 396 yards, and seven touchdowns.

Even though his quarterback dreams faced a staunch reality, Sills V has found a new position where he excels. It appears for the time being, that he has flipped the page and is well on his way to a storybook ending in Morgantown.