Joraskie vying for role on defensive line

Northwestern is getting a great talent in three-star defensive lineman Eric Joraskie, which is why the coaching staff believes he can see the field as a true freshman. PurpleWildcats offers the details of Joraskie's potential role for his first season.

Name: Eric Joraskie
School: Mount Carmel (Pa.)
Height, Weight: 6-4, 265 lbs.
Position, Rating: 3-Star DE, DT

Scouting Report— Eric Joraskie can be compared to Dean Lowry—another highly touted defensive-line talent with great athleticism. The difference is Joraskie already has the size, while Lowry had to add it in the offseason. Joraskie has the potential to make an impact immediately next season.

The Northwestern coaching staff has never been the type to promise playing time for recruits, but if it's a possibility, the coaches won't keep it a secret.

NU defensive line coach Marty Long was honest when speaking with three-star defensive line recruit Eric Joraskie.

"[Long] told me I can definitely get on the field if I come in, work hard, and play well," Joraskie said. "They feel I can definitely play; it's just about learning the system and working hard."

Joraskie, a 6-foot-4, 265-pounder, could play all four spots on the Wildcats' defensive line, as Coach Long hopes. With the potential to play as a true freshman, he is highly motivated.

"It's exciting," Joraskie said. "It makes me really work hard. I'm really trying to improve myself, to get to a spot where I can make an impact early. I'd really like to get on the field, work hard, and improve. I want to make myself stand out. It's exciting, it's good to hear that, but you've got to do it."

Early on, Joraskie's recruitment took off. He had a list of scholarship offers which included Boston College, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, and Syracuse, among others. While more offers were likely to come, he gave the Wildcats his verbal commitment in June.

Since the summer decision, Joraskie has felt like a part of the Northwestern program. He frequently speaks with the coaching staff, and feels at home. With that, Signing Day is all but a formality.

"I'm just really excited to put the name on the dotted line and seal the deal," Joraskie said. "I'm excited to be a part of what's going on there."

Joraskie followed along with the Wildcats' 2012 season, and was impressed with how the program competed. He sees a bright future for Northwestern, and is thrilled join it.

"They're making slow progressive improvements, and they've been very consistent," he said. "They had a couple games late this year that got away from them. But they were close to being undefeated. They've got a lot going for them. I think it's going to be exciting moving forward."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats. He resides on Chicago's north side.
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