Prized quarterback recruit Pat Bostick, who left the Pitt football team on the eve of training camp to deal with “personal issues,” is expected to return within the week, his father told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review today.
“There’s probably a high likelihood he’ll be there as early as this weekend or early next week at the latest,” Pat Bostick Sr. said when reached at his Lancaster home by telephone this afternoon.
Bostick Sr. declined to elaborate on his son’s unexpected departure, other than to call it a “non-football-related issue” and ask that the family’s privacy be respected.
“It has nothing to do with homesickness or missing his girlfriend,” Bostick Sr. said, rebuffing rumors that circulated on the Internet Tuesday. “He wouldn’t have elected to leave, I can guarantee you that. He was very excited for camp for many reasons. Physically and mentally, he was ready for football.”
Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt issued a one-paragraph statement yesterday, offering Bostick “our full support and understanding” and saying that “no timetable has been set for his return.”
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Bostick was a two-time all-state selection who finished his career at Manheim Township High School ranking fifth in state history with 7,259 passing yards. He was regarded as the state’s top quarterback prospect and one of the top 10 nationally, and was expected to compete with junior Bill Stull and redshirt freshman Kevan Smith for starting duties.
Instead, Bostick will be the third-stringer upon returning and could redshirt, although his father didn’t rule out the possibility of his son playing for the Panthers this fall.
“We haven’t really considered that yet,” Bostick Sr. said. “We haven’t focused on the football, but I believe he’ll come back and jump right into practice. That’s what Pat expects to do. Whether he redshirts or not, I wouldn’t want to speculate on that. … If that’s the way it works out, Pat’s fine with it. He’s a team guy but also a competitor.”