By Mike White
Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler was officially named as the new coach at the University of Texas at El Paso on Monday. Tonight, Kugler got his first recruit - and it's a star quarterback from North Allegheny High School.
Mack Leftwich, a standout senior QB, made a verbal commitment to UTEP after Kugler called him and gave him a scholarship offer. Leftwich had made a verbal commitment earlier this fall to Stephen F. Austin, an NCAA Division I-AA school in Texas. But UTEP is up one level at Division I-A.
"I'm going to get a chance to play Division I football, which has been a dream of mine my whole life," Leftwich said. "Coach Kugler has a lot of confidence in me and one of the first things he did as a coach was offer me a scholarship. That really says something."
Leftwich and Kugler are no strangers to each other. Kugler's son, Pat, is a star lineman at North Allegheny and a teammate of Leftwich.
Last week, Leftwich became only the third quarterback in WPIAL history to pass for 3,000 yards in a season.
"I have confidence that I can play at that [Division I-A] level," Leftwich said.