Zach Bednarczyk, a 6'2" 185 lb. quarterback from DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, NJ, verbally committed to play football for Andy Talley and the Villanova Wildcats on Monday evening.
Bednarczyk, classified as a pocket-passer by both ESPN and Rivals, picked up an offer from 'Nova on June 28th following a team camp for rising seniors at Villanova Stadium. Bednarczyk also held offers from Monmouth and Albany, but ultimately settled for a future on the Main Line.
After not bringing in a scholarship QB in last year's class, Andy Talley looks to have his man in 2014. Interesting, though, is Bednarczyk being labeled as a pass-first QB; if you cycle through his Bednarczyk's Hurdl highlights, you'll see he's more than adept at running the football - a strong indication that the read-option offense is here to stay at Villanova. Indeed, his local news site, NorthJersey.com, refers to Bednarczyk as a dual-threat quarterback.
In 2012, he passed for 1,330 yards and 11 touchdowns while completing 95-of-164 attempts. He also rushed for 816 yards and nine more touchdowns on 72 carries (11.3 yards per carry). While his passing numbers were strong, the statistics and video suggest he is not the pocket-passer suggested by Rivals and ESPN.
"Villanova doesn't usually offer early so when they did, I knew they wanted me," said Bednarczyk. "That was good because I liked the campus, coaches and the academics. The school's location is only two hours from home and my parents can visit and watch all the home games. That was a decisive factor."
Barring a bad injury situation, Villanova will likely look to redshirt Bednarczyk as a freshman in 2014 and would have him as a back-up to John Robertson in 2015. If he develops the way that the Villanova staff expects, he would be the likely candidate to start after Robertson's eligibility is used up.
Welcome to 'Nova Nation, Zach!