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?For starters, Voytik's not just good - he's real good. At the recent Elite 11 camp for the top quarterbacks in the nation, he rated No. 1 on the initial leaderboard after several days of a solid showing:
"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."