For the second consecutive season, the University of Pittsburgh has come to the Volunteer State and got a commitment from a top Tennessee talent.
Cleveland high quarterback Chad Voytik who recently was named as an Elite 11 quarterback by ESPN committed to the Panthers over Vanderbilt and 11 other schools.
Last year Pittsburgh got a commitment from Smyrna running back Jeremiah Bryson, who has since left school and chose to attend Middle Tennessee State University.
Voytik (6-0, 185) was the fourth rated player on Rivals Top 25 list of Tennessee players threw for 1,850 yards and 17 touchdowns on 121 of 221 passing and rushed for 439 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior for the Blue Raiders.
“Everything just seemed to fit right there,” Voytik said. “My extended family is an hour away and I have a cousin that is going to school there as well.” “The coaches were very aggressive in their recruitment of me and I think I fit their offense and they want me to be the face of their offense and I couldn’t turn that down.”
He is a four star prospect by both Rivals and Scout and is the only quarterback and highest ranked player in the Pittsburgh class of 2012 which now has 10 commitments so far this year.
Voytik has been invited to take part in the U.S. Army All-American game that will be played in San Antonio later this year.
“Pittsburgh is getting a great player but Chad is more than that,” Cleveland head football coach E.K. Slaughter said. He’s more than a great arm, he’s a special kid that will go up there and make people better on and off the field.”
Voytik also becomes the second player to commit to a Big East school this year joining MUS defensive back Alex Dale who committed to Cincinnati last month.
He is also the fourth quarterback in the state to commit joining BGA’s C.J. Beathard (Ole Miss), Maryville’s Patton Robinette (North Carolina) and Melrose’s Will Gross (Memphis).
Voytik also becomes the 22st player in the state of Tennessee to commit joining Knoxville Central Athlete Cody Blanc (Tennessee), Jackson Christian wide receiver Drae Bowles (Tennessee), Wooddale running back Jovon Robinson (Auburn), Ridgeway defensive end Brandon Lewis (Arkansas), Brentwood Academy defensive end Woody Baron (Virginia Tech), Columbia wide receiver Eric Belew (Memphis), MBA offensive lineman Blake Bars (Michigan), Brentwood Academy offensive lineman Graham Shuler (Stanford), Memphis East running back Brian Kimbrow (Vanderbilt), McGavock defensive end Caleb Azubike (Vanderbilt), Ensworth wide receiver Corey Batey (Vanderbilt), MUS defensive back Alex Dale (Cincinnati), MUS offensive guard Ben Still (Ole Miss), Ridgeway running back Jaylen Walton (Ole Miss), Ridgeway defensive end Cordale Boyd (Arkansas), BGA quarterback C.J. Beathard (Ole Miss), Baylor offensive guard Barrett Gouger (Vanderbilt), and Maryville duo of center Jay Guillermo (Clemson) and quarterback Patton Robinette (North Carolina) and Grant Powell (South Alabama) as commitments this year.
Catch up with all the commitments by checking out this link.
Shelton Doesn’t have a True Leader
Mt. Juliet defensive back Josh Shelton admits the recruiting process has been crazy so far.
But he also admits he doesn’t have a true leader at this point as well.
Shelton (6-2, 180) has his list narrowed down to SEC schools Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Tennessee State and Alabama State.
“I don’t have a leader right now,” Shelton said. I think they all have things that make them stand out from one another.”
Shelton has been to a camp at Vanderbilt this summer and camped at Tennessee State last season but Arkansas and Alabama State have been after him heavy as well.
Could Memphis Get Two More Commitments?
Memphis head coach Larry Porter is trying to put up a fence around the city of Memphis.
After receiving three of his four overall commitments from Memphis and the Tigers could be on the verge of adding two more players to the class of 2012.
Wooddale teammates Carl Mitchell and Daniel Hurd should commit soon to a school and odds are they could commit to the Tigers as early as next week.
If they commit to Memphis they will join Melrose’s Will Gross, Ridgeway’s Sheldon Dawson and Columbia’s Eric Belew as future Tigers.
Mitchell, a defensive end has Memphis, Ole Miss and Tennessee on his list of favorites while Hurd, a wide receiver has Memphis, Cincinnati, North Carolina and Southern Miss on his list.
When they commit they will join Jovon Robinson (Auburn) as the second and third commitment from Wooddale High school.
To see more commitments go to:http://www.coacht.com/tennessee/players/signees.cfm