Over the years, Pitt has had many local quarterbacks on their roster. Dan Marino, Tyler Palko, Rod Rutherford, Bill Stull, Tino Sunseri, Luke Getsy and Ben DiNucci come to mind.
A local kid with a bright future will be visiting Pitt this weekend. Could he one day join this esteemed fraternity?
Indiana (PA) sophomore quarterback Luke Thomas (6-2, 180) will be one of the many recruits at Heinz Field this Saturday for Pitt’s 2016 regular season finale.
“Coach Bob Junko invited me to Saturday’s game. He had the opportunity to view my sophomore season highlights and thought I had a lot of potential as a sophomore. He wants to get to know me a little better and have me experience the excitement of a Pitt game,” said Thomas.
Thomas has been the starter for Indiana since the third game of his freshman season. This season, Indiana finished 4-5 and Thomas threw for 1,435 yards and 18 TDs, while breaking Indiana’s single game passing record with 324 yards and 4 TDs.
“Being thrust into action as a freshman was exciting and scary at the same time but my coaches and teammates really helped me and stuck by me. That experience really helped me be better prepared and more confident going into this season,” said Thomas
When I asked Thomas for the strengths of his game, he told me:
- Arm Strength
“I think I can help my team by running a little more to keep drives alive. This is something I will work on in the off-season. The other things I continue to work on are reading defenses and my footwork,” said Thomas.
“I want to get bigger and stronger for next year as well. I’ve been hitting the weights hard. I’m hoping to put on 10-15 pounds before next season.”
Sophomore Season Highlights!!! RT RT!!https://t.co/nv5f8qdTpN
— Luke Thomas (@lukethomas447) October 31, 2016
“I’m very excited about Saturday and I’m proud to represent Indiana High School. We’ve had some great players over the years but I think we get overlooked sometimes. To be on Pitt’s radar is an honor. It’s a huge motivator to keep working hard. I’ve been to be few Steeler and Pitt games but have never been on the field. I’m looking forward to being around the players and maybe even talking to some of the coaches,” said Thomas.
Obviously it’s too a bit too early for Thomas to get real serious about recruiting and specific teams. However, the young quarterback has some thoughts on his hometown team and their head coach.
“I think Coach Narduzzi has brought enthusiasm and toughness to Pitt. The players believe in him and are playing with confidence. I think his reputation at Michigan State has helped him recruit better players as well. He’s a Pittsburgh kind of guy.”
“Playing for Pitt would be awesome. I know it’s going to take a ton of hard work but I might up for the challenge. I’m going to do everything I can to make my dreams come true.”