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USC tracking 2012 quarterback

South Carolina continues to recruit quarterbacks that can both pass and run. Junior quarterback Brendan Nosovitch (Allentown, Pa./Central Catholic) fits that description perfectly and the Gamecocks are taking notice.

Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus will try to work more magic in the northeast in the 2012 class.

USC quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus was by his school last week to check up on the junior quarterback.

“(Mangus) came by my school and talked with my coach for a while,” Nosovitch said. “I know that he talked about how they have really liked what they have seen out of me so far. My coach gave him more film and coach Mangus wants me to come down for a visit or a camp. I really want to visit them. He is a really good guy. I got his number and will be talking to him more soon.”

Virginia is the only offer for Nosovitch currently but he is getting interest from some big time programs like Penn State, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, and Purdue.

“It seems like South Carolina is really interested in me,” Nosovitch said. “Maybe after they see my new film they will offer. If it takes me going down there and working out in front of them, then I will definitely do it. That is a school that I’m definitely interested in.”

The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder talked more about what he likes about South Carolina.

“I like their offensive style,” Nosovitch said. “I like the way they run their offense. I also like that it is down south. Any school that is down south and they contact me, then I will be interested. South Carolina is also a good all-around program.”

He hasn’t visited South Carolina yet but that should change in the near future.

“I’m hoping that I get down there for a junior day,” Nosovitch said. “I want to check out the campus and stuff. I’m going to contact coach Mangus and try to get everything set up.”

Nosovitch visited Penn State and Rutgers this season for games. Besides South Carolina, he would like to visit Rutgers, Notre Dame, Virginia, Penn State, and Northwestern for junior days or sometime this spring.

“Education and academics will be the first thing I look at in a school,” Nosovitch said. “I want to go to a good business school. I will also look at the football program, the relationship with the coaches, and the type of offense they run. I want to be in a spread offense.”

Most high school quarterbacks make an early decision during their recruiting process and end it before their senior seasons.

“If I can make an early decision, then that could be the case,” Nosovitch said. “If I can’t, then I’m not going to rush anything.”

Penn State could be the team that everyone has to contend with if they offer because he did grow up watching them when he was a kid.

“I did grow up a Penn State fan,” Nosovitch said. “They are showing me some interest so far. Their offensive coordinator came to my school a few weeks ago and got my transcripts. We e-mail back and forth a good bit. I also went up there for one of their games this past season.”

Nosovitch wasn’t ready to name any type of leaders but did name a few schools that he likes right now.

“There are a couple schools that I like, like Notre Dame, South Carolina, Penn State, and Purdue,” Nosovitch said. “I like all of the schools that are recruiting me right now though. That is tough to say.”

Nosovitch claims a 4.6-second 40 yard dash and a 4.3-second pro shuttle. He talked a little about himself as a quarterback.

“I can run or pass,” Nosovitch said. “If you take one away, then I can do the other. I’ve been improving on eliminating my mistakes. I’ve been watching a lot more film and I’m getting stronger and bigger. My arm is a lot better. I’ve always been able to throw the deep ball well but I worked a lot on my short game over the summer.”

He finished his junior season with 3,111 yards passing and 43 touchdowns through the air. He also had 1,700 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns on the ground.

“I just want to keep working on eliminating my mistakes,” Nosovitch said. “I also want to keep getting bigger and stronger. I want to work on getting rid of the ball quicker and reading the blitz. I don’t want to always just run when they come at me.”

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