Pat Bostick has visited the University of Pittsburgh more than a half dozen times. Next year, he'll make his stay more permanent.
Bostick, a highly rated junior quarterback from Manheim Township High School in Lancaster, had a news conference yesterday to announce his verbal commitment to Pitt.
Scouting services rank Bostick among the top quarterbacks in the eastern part of the country for the class of 2007, and he plans to get an early start on his career at Pitt. After his senior season, he hopes to graduate from Manheim Township in December and enroll at Pitt in January of 2007. He will then participate in Pitt's spring drills next year.
Tyler Palko, Pitt's starting quarterback, will be a senior this fall. His backups are inexperienced.
"I'd like to think I might have a chance to start [in 2007]," Bostick said. "[Backup Bill Stull is] going to have two years on me. All I can do is just work as hard as I can."
Bostick (6 feet 3 1/2, 220 pounds) is Pitt's third recruit for the class of 2007. He also had scholarship offers from Louisville, Georgia, North Carolina State, Mississippi and Connecticut. Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt visited Manheim Township Thursday and Bostick called Wannstedt that night to make his commitment.
Over the past few years, Bostick has been to Pitt for passing camps, games and practices.
"Pitt's been my favorite since day one," Bostick said. "I love the city of Pittsburgh. It has great people, blue-collar type of people who are hard-working with great character. Plus, the football is great. Western Pennsylvania is a hotbed for football and Pitt's a great program. Overall, it's just a great situation and a good opportunity for me."
Although Bostick is impressed with the NFL backgrounds of Wannstedt and Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh, he said that wasn't a big factor in his decision.
"That played a role, but not as big as people think," Bostick said. "They're just good guys, like everyone else from Pittsburgh."
Bostick was a second-team all-state selection in Class AAAA as a junior after completing 181 of 299 passes for 2,810 yards and 34 touchdowns. He is a drop-back style passer who has thrown for a little more than 5,000 yards in his career.
Manheim Township runs a West Coast style of offense.
"He's a tremendous leader who hates to lose. He's got those intangibles," Manheim Township coach Mike Melnyk said.
"I think one of his strengths is that he has a very quick release, and he's very accurate, He has a strong enough arm to make all the throws. Is he like some guys who have cannons for an arm and just jump out at you? No. But he's certainly strong enough to make all the throws."
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