The news potentially throws Pitt’s 2012 recruiting class into some uncertainty, however one player isn’t in doubt of his future in a Panther uniform.
Cleveland High School’s Chad Voytik will be sticking by his commitment to attend and play for the university despite the coaching change.
“We all feel Chad made the right decision by sticking with Pitt. He made a commitment to the university and not to a coach,” stated Voytik’s father Dr. Gary Voytik.
He went on to explain that the family spent much of the day after the announcement contacting other Pittsburgh recruits and coaching staff members to help with their decision. He elaborated that many of the contacted recruits had voiced intention to still play for the Panthers, despite the ability for them to reopen their eligibility to commit to another school.
“It’s pretty clear that there is a great bond between this core group of guys,” Gary Voytik stated. “When you see them out there together you can tell it’s more than just football.”
The Cleveland High signal caller had other standing offers from colleges like Vanderbilt and Mississippi State, but is confident the Panthers can hire another quality coach.
“We understood the nature of college football and came in prepared that Chad might not play for the same coach all four years, but Chad is a Pitt man and looking forward to his time at the university,” Gary Voytik stated.