I like to keep everyone guessing," Steve Paskorz said when asked about his commitment. "People out here are just ecstatic. I'm the second big Division I athlete to come out of this school in nine years. Everyone is excited and everybody is all happy. It hasn't really sunk in yet, but everyone has been great out here and everyone has been real nice about it."
"Coach Weis came in the school that Friday and he was talking to my coach," Paskorz said of how the offer came about. "He mentioned that everything would be finalized by Wednesday and that they'd have an offer out by Wednesday if they were going to offer. Notre Dame was always a school that I really liked and I was ready to make my decision."
It wasn't a hasty decision for the 6-foot2, 215-pound athlete, but rather one that had evolved from his first visit of the year for a January junior day.
"Back in January, at the junior day, I got to know the coaches real well," Paskorz explained. "I became real comfortable with them. Being at the spring game I got to see how the team performed. I saw the stadium. I really got to see the atmosphere and that really set things off, so that was another big contributor."
Despite being a standout running back at Hampton, the Irish coaches recruited him as a linebacker, although coach Weis will give him a look on offense.
"I'm real excited about it," Paskorz said about playing linebacker. "The good thing is that coach Weis said when I get up there he's going to try me at both positions. He'll see what works out best for me and the team."
Paskorz had scholarship offers from Iowa, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi and Temple. In the end he said he selected the Irish over Michigan and Pittsburgh.
Paskorz worked his way through an ankle injury during his junior campaign to rush for 1,296 yards on 160 carries and 14 touchdowns. During his sophomore season he complied 2,188 yards on 188 carries and 27 touchdowns.
Paskorz will be a guest on Irish Eyes Power Hour on Monday, June 5.