The Pittsburgh Panthers had a chance to see Marion Local quarterback Adam Bertke in person recently and liked the 6'5, 200-pound prospect enough to offer him a scholarship.
Today, he decided that he liked them too, giving them a verbal commitment and making him the third member of their 2014 class.
"The reason I decided so soon was, I wanted to decide before my senior season. Along with that, I loved the coaching staff, the people around campus, and all the facilities. The campus is nice and everywhere we went all had nice facilities, so it came down to people, the education I was going to get, and it being a great opportunity I couldn't pass up."
The other part of that opportunity is under center, where Bertke says bodies are needed.
"Depth is a little bit low right now. They only three or four guys and they're all upperclassmen. They told me they would take two quarterbacks in my year and I'm assuming they're going to redshirt one. They never told me for sure, but they said the would take two in my class and they didn't talk about playing time or which they'd redshirt."
That is not on Bertke's mind too much right now. He's more concerned with preparing for his senior season and living in the moment, a moment in which he became a BCS level college football player/
"It's very overwhelming right now. I'm so excited. They were excited about me and to finally decide and have it done and know that special place with special people, it's an overwhelming feeling."
As a junior, Bertke lead his team to a state title. In the championship game, he went 17 for 23 with 166 yards through the air and rushed for 121 yards.