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St. Ignatius QB Mark Myers

The formula was simple for quarterback Mark Myers and the Pitt football team.

Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti loved the potential displayed by the 6-foot-4, 225-pound left-hander during the Panthers' summer camp, but wanted to see some game film on him before offering a scholarship.

Since Mark Myers did not start for powerhouse St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio until this season, both parties had to wait a while. After five games, Myers has thrown for 795 yards and 11 touchdowns for the undefeated Wildcats. He received an offer from Pitt Tuesday.

As previously believed would be the case, Myers committed that night. The lead recruiter for Myers was Pitt running backs coach David Walker. Myers informed him, Cignetti and Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt. He is Pitt's 21st verbal commitment for its 2010 recruiting class. The Panthers also have St. Ignatius tight end Brendan Carozzoni.

St. Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle is a St. Ignatius alum (1969), like the majority of his coaching staff, so he's seen a lot of quarterbacks come through there. But he wouldn't say that Myers is the best yet, since this season is far from over. However, after he tossed five touchdown passes against Mentor, Ohio, the team's 21-year head coach was effusive in praising Myers.

"That's the best quarterback I've seen come out of there,'' Mentor coach Steve Trivisonno said. "(And) that's the best arm I've ever seen, the best I've seen anybody throw the ball at this level.''

St. Ignatius (5-0) is ranked No. 1 in the Midwest scholastic football poll and sixth nationally with Myers leading an explosive offense. While he's more of a classic drop-back passer than runner, like Pitt's other 2010 quarterback commit, Anthony Gonzalez from Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa., he's quite athletic. He averaged 16 points for the Wildcats' hoop team last season.

Myers reportedly had just three offers, Pitt, Toledo and Ball State, but that's because he played behind Andrew Holland last season and had a few games in mop-up roles as a sophomore. But Holland is a freshman at Penn now, so Myers got his shot as a senior this season.

Since things went so well for Myers during Pitt's summer camp, he returned a couple times to tour the campus with his family. He is part of a trend that the Panthers have developed by taking athletes from strong football programs in their recruiting areas, and St. Ignatius is among the best.

The Wildcats have four players currently in the National Football League: Jacob Bell with the St. Louis Rams, Anthony Gonzalez with the Indianapolis Colts, Chris Hovan with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Brian Hoyer with the New England Patriots.

If Pitt fills its wish list to complete the 2010 class it will get offensive guard Shane Johnson, safety Brandon Ifill, defensive end Sherard Cadogan and wideout Alonzo Russell with its final commitments.

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