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The courtship between Chad Voytik and Blake Anderson has been going on a while and has taken many turns.
The former Pitt quarterback committed to Arkansas State and Anderson on Saturday morning after a quick weekend visit.
A prep star at Cleveland, Tenn., Voytik is a graduate transfer who will be immediate eligible for the Red Wolves.
“I felt like going over there it might be a good fit,’’ said Voytik, who was headed to Western Illinois until A-State lost two quarterbacks to transfer since spring practice. “I talked with offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner at my hometown on Wednesday and liked how that went.
“My parents and I dove over Thursday and spent the day there Friday. I was a perfect fit.”
Votyik started for the Panthers as a junior but played a reserve role this past season with a coaching change.
“They brought in their guy,’’ said Voytik, who has won two bowl games for the Panthers.
As a high school senior he was offered by Arkansas State (Hugh Freeze) and Anderson, who was then the offensive coordinator at Southern Miss.
“We have a relationship that goes back a few years,’’ he said.
The two talked in January after Voytik announced he was going to be a graduate transfer and leave Pitt and talks were revived in recent weeks after redshirt sophomore and redshirt junior Cam Birse announced they were leaving the program.
“They told me I would be given every chance to start and they were looking for a guy with a little more experience.”
The Red Wolves have redshirt sophomore Justice Hansen, redshirt freshman DJ Pearson and true freshmen Logan Bonner as scholarship quarterbacks
“I like the way the staff leads and the way they run the offense,’’ said Voytik. “And there is just tons of talent on offense. That is a gift for any quarterback.”
He started for the Panthers as a junior and completed 61 percent of his passes (176 of 287) for 2,233 yards with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions (only 1 in the final six games) and ranked third in the ACC in pass efficiency with a 140.2 rating. He was also the team's second leading rusher with 466 yards and three TDs on 108 carries (4.3 avg.)
Voytik was Pitt's Armed Forces Bowl MVP after throwing for 222 yards and a TD and rushing for 40 yards on six carries against Houston... As a redshirt freshman, he played the entire second half of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl vs. Bowling Green and engineered a 30-27 victory by completing 5-of-9 passes for 108 yards and rushing twice for 24 yards.
In high school he passed for more than 5,000 yards and was named to the "Elite 11," which honors the nation's top high school quarterbacks. He was rated No 3 prospect in Tennessee by Scout and the nation's No. 12 quarterback.