It's now official – former West Virginia quarterback Chris Chugunov has joined the Ohio State football team as a graduate transfer.
The news was first reported by Allan Taylor of The Dominion Post earlier this month, but an Ohio State spokesman confirmed on Saturday afternoon that Chugunov is joining the program.
Chugunov will be eligible immediately and has two years of eligibility remaining as he pursues a master’s degree in hospitality management after earning his bachelor’s degree in finance from WVU.
Chugunov appeared in five games for the Mountaineers last season, starting the final two games of the year, completing 43 of 90 passing attempts for 536 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
He announced his intention to transfer from West Virginia in March, and West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said this spring that Chugunov was on track to graduate in May.
Chugunov will add much-needed depth to the quarterback position as the Buckeyes had only three scholarship quarterbacks, only one of which has ever appeared in a game.
An Ohio State spokesman was not able to confirm whether or not Chugunov will be on scholarship this season, but the Buckeyes are currently at the 85-scholarship limit.