However, the Panthers have looked to Michigan to secure talent for its 2010 recruiting class and have extended a written offer to junior quarterback Joe Boisture from Goodrich High School, a Class B school with about 750 students located southeast of Flint, Mich.
Boisture has been largely under the radar until now, primarily because he missed his entire sophomore season due to an elbow injury to his left (non-throwing) arm. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Boisture is a classic drop-back passer who first caught recruiters' eyes during several summer camps and combines, including the prestigious Elite 11 Camp that was held in Eugene, Ore.
Along with Pittsburgh, Boston College has offered Boisture. Michigan State has interest in him, and he recently took an unofficial visit there. A pro-style quarterback, Boisture also has received some interest from Northwestern and Wisconsin lately.
"Pitt offered me after Boston College,'' Boisture said. "It was great to finally get those offers. When you work so hard and finally see it pay off like that, it's a great feeling. Now, I'm just looking forward to our remaining playoff games.''
Boisture has led the Goodrich Martians to the school's first undefeated season at 10-0, including a first-round playoff victory, and has completed better than 60 percent of his passes for nearly 1,700 yards and a dozen touchdowns. And that's for a running team that boasts a 1,000-yard rusher.
Boisture is ranked in the top 50 nationally among junior quarterbacks, and his stock is sure to rise after his solid performance this season. He was voted the best quarterback in the Class of 2010 at the Purdue Quarterback Camp and was one of the few juniors at the prestigious Elite 11 camp.
"I proved myself at the camps throwing the ball,'' Boisture said. "There was a lot of pressure on me this year. I think a lot of people were watching my performance, and I just had to be ready for it.''
Goodrich coach Tom Alward believed that Boisture would have been even more highly rated if his sophomore season didn't end just six plays into the Martians' opening scrimmage. He suffered a left elbow injury on a late hit. Boisture said he was rolling out to pass, but nobody was open. A whistle was blown to end the play, and Boisture relaxed. However, the defender hit him and threw him down.
"I went to break my fall,'' Boisture said. "The (left) elbow popped out of the socket. When it popped back in, it chipped a bone off. I had to get surgery. It was a while before I finally got the pin out.''
That's when Boisture began rehabilitating his injured arm. The intense workout helped Boisture put about 20 pounds of muscle on his 6-6 frame.
"I feel his strongest attribute is that he's a playmaker,'' Alward said. "He makes things happen. Some kids can make plays, and some can't. Joe has that intangible to go along with all his physical skills.''
While the Michigan State campus is close to his home, he really has no family ties to any schools in his home state. Most of his family attended Bowling Green, and his father Mark played quarterback for the Falcons.
Boisture has an unofficial visit set for Nov. 8 at Boston College, when the Eagles play Notre Dame. He is working on setting up a visit to Pitt.
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