Voytik swaps to Arkansas St.

SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
Posted 5/8/16

Towards the end of April, former Cleveland and University of Pittsburgh quarterback Chad Voytik announced that he would be using his graduate transfer to play for Eastern Kentucky …

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Voytik swaps to Arkansas St.

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Towards the end of April, former Cleveland and University of Pittsburgh quarterback Chad Voytik announced that he would be using his graduate transfer to play for Eastern Kentucky University.

After taking time to reflect on other opportunities that were presented to him, Voytik decided on Saturday after an official visit that Arkansas State was truly the better fit.

“I’m completely decided and 100 percent going there,” Voytik declared. “The whole staff was extremely welcoming, and while every staff is like that when you’re on an official visit, there was something different about this staff that really drew me in and made me want to play for them.”

The NCAA DI school is a member of the Sun Belt Conference, and their 2016 schedule includes a trip to Auburn early in the season and the Georgia Dome to play Georgia State.

Voytik will be on campus in Jonesboro on June 1, when classes begin for the summer.

Since announcing his decision to transfer from Pitt, Voytik has drawn interest from a number of programs, including Big Ten schools Indiana and Purdue, but it was Arkansas State that he first reached out to due to the recommendation of former Super Bowl quarterback Trent Dilfer.

“Coach (Blake) Anderson was the first coach I had talked to when I announced that I was transferring. He’s a great coach, a great guy and someone that I want to play for,” Voytik explained.

The quarterback and Red Wolves coach are no strangers, as Anderson had previously recruited Voytik in the high school days, back when he was on staff with Southern Miss.

There are a number of things that Voytik is looking forward to when it comes to the experiences that Arkansas State will offer.

“Jonesboro is a college town, which is something that I haven’t really experienced in the past four years,” he explained. “There’s a stadium right on campus that holds 30 thousand and sells out for their games. It just seems like an experience that I want to have for my (final) year.”

Voytik is equally excited about the opportunities on the football field and is confident that he can go in, compete and earn the job of starting quarterback.

“It’s a great opportunity for me. They just had some quarterbacks leave recently and are surrounded by some athletes that are the top in the nation as far as their abilities. I’m being surrounded by a great defense, great supporting cast, great coaches and a great town, so I’m happy about all the pieces,” he detailed. “They’re a no huddle, spread offense that utilizes the quarterback’s legs and arm. I’m excited about how dynamic the offense is.”

During his 2014 season at Pitt, Voytik completed 176-of-287 attempted passes for 2,233 yards and threw 16 touchdown passes. He was the team’s second leading rusher with 466 yards on 108 carries and three touchdowns of his own.

While the graduate transfer process is a relatively easy one, it proved more difficult on a personal level for Voytik.

“I think it was easier in a standpoint of narrowing it down because schools have to be in a very unique situation to be ready for a graduate transfer,” Voytik began. “As far as a final decision goes, it was harder because these are all guys that I’ve dealt with in the past and have built relationships with. When I had to call them and tell them that its not going to work out, that’s a tough process that I didn’t really have to go through in high school.”

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