Panthers Connect With Top Pa. Passer

One by one the nation's top quarterbacks fell off the board. Korn to Clemson, Clausen to Notre Dame, Chiles to Texas, Brantley to Texas, Mallet to Michigan, Lalich to Virginia, Paulus to North Carolina, Forcier to UCLA, Nichol to Michigan State and Fanuzzi to Miami. The University of Pittsburgh offered one and stuck with him and today he announced he will play for the Panthers.

Last November, Pittsburgh targeted Manheim Township five–star quarterback Pat Bostick as the guy they wanted. The panthers made no other offers to any quarterbacks in what has to be one of the best QB classes ever. It was gamble, but today it paid off big time for the Panthers.

"I have committed to the University of Pittsburgh," Bostick said. "I committed last Tuesday. I sat down with coach (Mike) Melnyk and my parents and we talked about all the schools and no one equaled what Pitt had to offer. I was going to do it in April, but coach wanted me to wait a little longer."

"Pitt's decision to only offer me and stick with me shows the type of people they are and the type of program they have," he said. "I am a PA guy, I liked the place and I loved the people there. There is no better place than Pittsburgh.

Last season, the Panthers reeled in the No. 11 ranked class in the nation. That class played a big role in Bostick's decision.

"It definitely played a part in it," Bostick explained. "I have a great relationship with Dorin Dickerson and some of the others. There are some great players in that class, they got almost every good kid they wanted, especially in western PA. We're all on the same page. Everyone is relaxed, focused and intense."

Bostick also has forged a bond with current Pittsburgh quarterback Tyler Palko.

"I like him alot he is a great leader, a little louder than me. he has all the intagibles. We are different players, but both of us have that incensed drive for the game. You can see he matured as a quarterback under Matt Cavanaugh."

Being the state's top prospect carries a lot of pressure, is Bostick ready for that?

"There's no pressure. When it comes down to it , it is about playing football that's all I can control. I except the pressure. I am a QB going to compete at a major university."

Bostick held offers from Georgia, Ole Miss, NC State, UConn, Louisville and others. In the end the only school that could have had a chance didn't in Bostick's eyes.

"Michigan when they were looking at me. I did consider them, that is my coaches school. When I went there to visit it only reinforced my decision to go to Pitt. Pitt can be that type of team if we work and have the right attitude, but it was never really close.

Bostick was named the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 1 Outstanding Football Player of the Year. He led the Blue Streaks to a 9-2 record in 2005. He threw for 2,810 yards, completed 181-of-295 passes with 34 touchdowns and six interceptions. Bostick was named second team Associated Press Class AAAA All-State and first team All-State by the PA Football News.

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