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Last weekend, four-star quarterback Chad Voytik of Cleveland (Tenn.) High, a longtime Pitt commit, made an unofficial visit to the school to hang out with the prospects on officials. While there, he apparently got some quality face time with head coach Todd Graham, who on Wednesday would leave to take the same position at Arizona State.
"I met with coach Sunday morning," Voytik said. "There was no indication he was moving on or anything. He gave us the same talk. Then, this happens. It was pretty shocking. There was no warning."
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The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Voytik, who committed to the Panthers in July, wasn't exactly thrilled by what transpired, but he doesn't sound like someone who will open his recruitment back up. On Friday night, Voytik repeated what he told Panther-Lair.com earlier in the week, that he is firm with his commitment to Pitt.
"I'm just going with my gut," Voytik said. "I feel like they'll bring in someone that's a great coach. And as long as this class stays together, I feel like we can still do big things."
Asked if he would take officials to other schools, Voytik replied, "No, I don't plan on it."
Not long after news that Graham was leaving broke, Voytik received word that USF had extended a verbal offer. According to Voytik, the Bulls wanted to drop by his school, but he declined.
"I told them I was still committed and it probably wouldn't be needed at this point unless something changed," Voytik said.
What could change his mind?
"There's a very slim chance the new coach they bring in will not be able to fit my talents," Voytik said. "But I feel confident I'm going to have a guy that I can play under and fit well with. I'm pretty confident I'll be okay with everything, and we'll be back to how it was."