High-SchoolFootball: Bradley Central

Get Familiar: Chad Voytik

October, 17, 2011
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Chad VoytikTom Hauck/ESPNHSElite 11 finalist Chad Voytik of Cleveland (Cleveland, Tenn.) will play on ESPNU Friday night.


Chad Voytik knew something was wrong. All he had to do was glance at the knuckle jutting out of his throwing hand to realize that.

The Cleveland (Cleveland, Tenn.) quarterback smacked his right hand on the helmet of a Red Bank (Red Bank, Tenn.) defensive end while following through on a throw during a game last season. Voytik made matters worse when he braced himself as he fell and landed on the hand, which caused a compound dislocation of his right index finger.

At first glance it looked like Voytik’s season was finished. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he had surgery to repair the finger that same evening.

But two weeks later, Voytik returned to the field and threw for two touchdowns in a win over Walker Valley (Cleveland, Tenn.).

So toughness clearly isn’t an issue for Voytik. And neither is talent. Rated the nation’s No. 13 quarterback by ESPNU, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior has committed to Pittsburgh and was an Elite 11 finalist this past summer.

That toughness and talent will be on display this Friday when Cleveland plays archrival Bradley Central (Cleveland, Tenn.) at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.

But there’s more to Voytik than just football. Born in Warren, Ohio, he moved to Cleveland when he was 3 and has family that lives in Sharon, Pennsylvania, which is roughly a 90-minute drive from where he’ll be playing college ball.

And faith and academics (Voytik has 4.0 GPA) are just as important to him as starring on the gridiron.

Get Familiar with this well-rounded signal-caller before you watch him play Friday night.

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