It hasn’t taken long for true freshman quarterback Garrett Greene to catch the eye of head coach Neal Brown. During a Zoom meeting with the media last week, Brown had high praise for Greene — even going as far to say he is “fired up” about his future.

Mountaineer Nation should absolutely be fired up about the potential of Greene also, but we can’t do so without putting him into perspective a little bit. You may not realize it, but Greene is the best traditional quarterback recruit for the Mountaineers in well over a decade.

Think about it, Will Grier, Skyler Howard, and Clint Trickett were all transfers. Current quarterbacks Austin Kendall and Jarret Doege are also transfers, eliminating them from this discussion. WVU hasn’t had a truly great quarterback recruited from the high school ranks since way back in 2009 with Geno Smith.

Since then, Paul Millard, Ford Childress, Chavas Rawlins, Chris Chugunov, William Crest, and Trey Lowe have been among the many quarterbacks recruited in high school by the Mountaineers — and none were meaningful contributors on the field. Much less did they ever even receive praise remotely similar to what Greene has in a short amount of time.

West Virginia has a chance to have something very special here, ladies and gentlemen. We could very well have one of the best career Mountaineer quarterbacks on our hands, and it comes for the first time in what seems like forever. Neal Brown may have just struck gold with his first quarterback recruit in Morgantown. Though we will have to wait a while to see Greene in action, it is hard to contain the excitement for the young man around the program and around the fanbase.