One of the top priorities of Pitt coach Todd Graham in this recruiting season was to find a top-rated quarterback capable of running his "high octane" offense.
And it appears as if he has achieved just that as the Panthers received a verbal commitment from Cleveland (Tenn.) quarterback Chad Voytik today.
Voytik, who was is the top-rated quarterback in Tennessee and the sixth-rated quarterback nationally according to Rivals.com, chose the Panthers over about 18 other scholarship offers including from BCS schools like Clemson, Louisville, Virginia, Wake Forest, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Syracuse.
His final three schools were Pitt, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt and he chose the Panthers after he visited all three over the past month and he said the opportunity to play in Graham's offense was what put the Panthers ahead of the other two.
"It's like our high school's offense; it really is," he told Chris Peak of the recruiting web-site Pantherlair.com. "They ran it at Tulsa, and I feel like I fit in that really well. I think I can work in a pro-style, but the offense that they run, they throw it and put up big numbers and win games. I'm excited about that."
Voytik, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, who is a "four-star" prospect according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com, threw for 1,850 yards and 17 touchdowns last season and ran for 439 yards and seven touchdowns. As a sophomore, he threw for 1,800 yards and 16 touchdowns.
He is the 10th player from the class of 2012 to commit to the Panthers this year but he is Graham's first four-star prospect.
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