And with that, Panther fans haven't been completely silenced, but the grumblings sure have gone down a bit.
I'll admit, I was starting to get there myself. Todd Graham hadn't yet landed a big-time recruit and while there was plenty of time left, it was definitely something to think about. That all changed with the pickup of four-star recruit Chad Voytik. So now that he's a Panther (at least verbally), what do we know about the kid?
"I felt real confident," said Voytik of the leaderboard’s unveiling. "I expected to be at the top or near the top, and I was excited to see my name at No. 1. I take pride in working hard and that’s what I’ve been doing all week."
Voytik is a legitimate star and is poised to be the starting quarterback after Tino Sunseri graduates. He's rated as a four-star by Rivals and the sixth-best pro style quarterback. Scout also calls him a four-star and the 15th best overall quarterback in the nation. He's a big talent, no doubt. Voytik didn't just have to pick between teams, he's had to pick between all-star games vying for his services.
One of the dimensions to this commitment is that while recruits have taken a wait-and-see approach to Todd Graham's new system, Voytik seems to embrace it:
"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."
"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."