After years of uncertainty, the Pitt football program seems to have finally stabilized the quarterback position.
Nate Peterman has been a pleasant surprise this year and will return to quarterback the team in 2016. After Peterman, it could be Thomas MacVittie’s team to run.
MacVittie (6-4, 215) had an incredible senior season at Moeller (Ohio) H.S. In 8 games: 118-211, 1896 yards throwing for 22 TD’s and only 1 interception. Those numbers are even more amazing considering it was MacVittie’s first year as a starter and also he was injured in the first game of the season.
I asked MacVittie to grade his senior season. “I would give the season an A-. I played the first half of the first game and had 2 TD’s with 100+ yards before I was injured. The injury never really set me back besides the two games off and the third and fourth getting back into it. I was 100% for the last four games and went 66-120 with 1232 yards and 16 TD’s. Injuries and missed opportunities happened too frequently to make it an A+. I had a blast playing for coach Rodenberg and the Crusaders. I wouldn’t trade the memories for anything”, said MacVittie.
Now that MacVittie’s high school career is over, he says it’s time to prepare for his college career at Pitt.
“My goals are to get my body and mind toned and ready for what is ahead. I will be working out with Ted Lamborghini and Rocky Boiman starting the Monday after Thanksgiving break. I will be pushed beyond my limits under Ted and Rocky and I cannot wait . Also I will receive and study thoroughly the second publishing of the Bible (Coach Chaney’s playbook) to prepare myself to step in right away and be ready whenever needed”, said MacVittie.
MacVittie and his family will be in Pittsburgh in a few days for the Miami game. It will give him a chance to talk with the Pitt coaches, something he does quite a bit on the phone.
“I talk with them constantly. Usually the conversation consists of my thoughts on the previous game, how school is going, when I will be visiting Pitt next. There are a lot of things I love about the coaches, but there is one thing that stands out to me: they are a family- oriented staff. They care about my family and I appreciate that.”
The talented quarterback tells me that the biggest strength of his game is his ability to escape the pocket and rolling out to pass. He says that his style of play resembles former Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota.
It’s not surprising that despite being committed to Pitt, other schools continue to try and recruit MacVittie. Trust me, that verbal is rock solid.
“I actually tell them I’m 110% committed to Pitt. The reason I wanted to commit to Pitt is because of the bond I saw between the players and between the players and coaches”, said MacVittie. “The bond they have is awesome and seeing that solidified my decision to commit to Pitt. Our bond is so strong because the coaches care about how I am and care about my family.
And as you can imagine, MacVittie is following the 2015 Pitt Panthers especially Nate Peterman.
“I think that Peterman and Voytik are both studs and are extremely fun to watch. In regards to Nate, he must be extremely smart. Transferring from Tennessee, learning a complex playbook and leading a team that went 6-7 last year to a current record of 8-3 after the W over Louisville, is huge. The composure he has is incredible and I love to see his ability to run, and run hard. When I was at the ND game he took off a couple of times and it took 2,3,4 guys to take him down. I have the utmost respect for Nate and cant wait to play with him.”
I have a feeling Panther fans are going to real excited when it’s time for MacVittie to take over as Pitt’s quarterback.