Dunbar junior quarterback William Crest verbally committed to West Virginia on Friday, according to multiple reports.
Crest helped the Poets win the Class 1A state championship last fall, throwing for two touchdowns in Dunbar's 39-0 victory over New Town at M&T Bank Stadium. He threw 14 touchdown passes overall last season as the Poets went 13-1 to win their third straight 1A title.
Rivals.com ranks Crest as a four-star prospect and the No. 205 overall recruit in the Class of 2014, while Scout.com has him as a three-star prospect and the No. 30 quarterback in the graduating class.
ESPN lists Crest as the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2014, and 247Sports.com rates him as a four-star recruit.
In a 13-8 win over Edmondson in October, Crest scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 2:29 left in the game to help the Poets win the Ben Eaton Memorial Trophy for the sixth consecutive year.
He also threw for four touchdown passes in Dunbar's 51-0 win over Mervo in September.
As a sophomore in 2011, Crest completed 5 of 11 passes for 147 yards and converted a pair of two-point conversion attempts in the 1A state championship as Dunbar beat Perryville, 32-11.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound dual-threat quarterback picked the Mountaineers over offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and others.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun