Gamecocks key in on PA signal-caller

South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus has a strong history of identifying, recruiting and developing quality dual-threat quarterbacks, and one of the primary targets that he has zeroed in on for the 2012 class is Central Catholic (Allentown, PA) signal-caller Brendan Nosovitch. Read inside as the reigning Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year discusses his recent trip to USC and more.

Brendan Nosovitch, who measures in at an athletic 6-1 and 195 pounds, made a trip down south last week to visit a trio of schools in the Carolinas. While he was on that southern swing, one of the schools stepped forward with an offer and made it clear that he is going to be a top priority for them in this recruiting cycle.

"Last week I went down south and visited a few schools. I saw South Carolina, UNC, and Duke. That trip went well. I got an offer from South Carolina, and they really made me feel wanted," said Nosovitch. "UNC and Duke seem really interested too. That trip was definitely worthwhile. It was great."

Although Nosovitch hails from the Keystone State, he already holds a high opinion of South Carolina as both a University and a football program.

"It definitely meant a lot," Nosovitch said of the recent offer from the Gamecocks. "Obviously I know what kind of school South Carolina is and what kind of football program they have. They're in the SEC, one of the best teams in the SEC and the country too. Getting an offer from them was really exciting."

The nation's No. 37 rated quarterback on noted that he thoroughly enjoyed his time on USC's campus, and he was able to spend a lot of time with Mangus, his recruiter and potential future position coach.

"I really like Coach Mangus. He was the only coach there because all of the others were away, so I spent a lot of time with him. That was good," he said. "I really like the school. The facilities are unbelievable. The fans are great there. It was a great day. I was just really happy I made the decision to come down there."

The USC coaches would like Nosovitch to make a return trip to Columbia this summer, and while nothing is scheduled at this point, the talented signal-caller mentioned that he is interested in returning to the Palmetto State for another visit.

The highly regarded quarterback also shared his thoughts on the trip to Chapel Hill during his time in the Carolinas.

"That trip also went very well. The school is pretty neat. They have a beautiful campus. I met with Coach Shoop down there. The trip wasn't as long as South Carolina, but I still got to see the facilities and the campus. I got a good impression."

South Carolina and Virginia are the first two schools to step forward with offers, but several others are expressing strong interest in Nosovitch, including the home state Nittany Lions, UNC, Duke, Pitt, and Temple. The Gamecocks have positioned themselves well with the early offer, and Nosovitch stated that he is considering making a decision by the end of the summer.

"I'd like to make a decision before the start of the season. Ideally, that's what I'd like to do. But if it can't happen, then it can't happen. I've got to make sure I make the right decision."

According to Nosovitch, he will look for a few key factors when ultimately deciding on the school of his choice.

"Definitely my relationship with the coaches over a period of time, I want to make sure I have a good relationship with them. Then if I get a chance to meet the players, I'd like to know what kind of players they are and what kind of team they are. Then I want to find a school that is good academically. Those are the most important things."

In addition to his trip down south, Nosovitch has also visited Penn State, Virginia, Pitt, and Maryland. He does not claim any favorites at this stage of the process, and he said he is enjoying learning more about the different schools that are pursuing him.

So what kind of player is Nosovitch on the football field?

"I just see myself as someone that likes to go back there and throw the ball around a lot," he replied when asked to describe himself as a player. "If need be, I can also run the ball. If something's not there, I can scramble around and maybe get a few yards on the ground. I feel I can add another asset to the team."

As a junior, Nosovitch led his Central Catholic team to an undefeated season and a Class 3-A state championship. He was dynamic and often unstoppable last fall, completing 60-percent of his passes for 3,112 yards and 43 touchdowns, while also rushing for 1,647 yards and another 25 touchdowns.

Scouting report from's Bob Lichtenfels:

"Nosovitch is a leader and a winner and his intangibles are second to none. He is an outstanding two-way athlete who could also be a very good safety. He has average arm strength, but is very accurate and shows good touch on all his throws. He is tough to game plan against due to his ability to escape the rush and make plays with his legs."

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