Family Ties

Notre Dame assistant coach John Latina is quite familiar with the Paskorz family.

Latina recruited current sophomore fullback Steve Paskorz. Now, he turns his attention to his younger brother Jordan Paskorz.

"I've talked to him in person multiple times," Paskorz said.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end/outside linebacker has been receiving a lot of mail from Notre Dame, and Paskorz attended this past weekend's game against Pittsburgh. It was his first Irish game as an official recruit, sitting in front of the student section rather than with his parents in the family section.

"It's a lot different, I'll tell you that," Paskorz stated. "You're thinking, looking at the field, I could be a part of that one day. It's just a great experience."

Paskorz left his Allison Park, Pa., home late Friday night.

"We got up to the school around 9ish, met the coaches and everything," Paskorz began. He also attended the spring game and the San Diego State game. "We saw the facilities and watched the game, it was a great game."

Unfortunately for the Paskorz family, the Irish dropped a 36-33 quadruple overtime thriller. Before the game, Paskorz was down on the field.

"I stopped by and shook coach Latina's hand. We were talking for a little, and on the field I was talking to one of my brother's buddies, Mike Ragone. We just talked for awhile because I'd met him before. He's a pretty cool kid. I actually asked him some questions about the academics, and he asked me who I was getting looked at by."

Paskorz is also hearing from the likes of Maryland, Pittsburgh, Penn State, North Carolina State, Virginia, Rutgers, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan. He attended the Wolverines season opener against Utah, and has also been to Maryland for the Wake Forest game and Pittsburgh for the Iowa game.

Paskorz has heard the words Notre Dame lock to describe him as a recruit. That's not true, but he is certainly high on the Irish.

"I think it's a pretty solid football program," Paskorz said. He has a 3.5 GPA. "I think it's on the rise. They're getting good recruiting classes. Also, their academics are pretty strong, so I'd say its up there as one of my top choices."

His brother hasn't done anything to turn him off to the school.

"He's loving it up there right now," Paskorz said. "He's having fun right now. He's happy with where he is at right now since he got moved to fullback."

As a sophomore, Paskorz had 13 sacks, jumping on a lot of school's radars. This past season, Hampton High struggled, and Paskorz wasn't sure of his stats.

"We got a new coach two weeks into summer," Paskorz said. "We had to learn a whole new offense, a whole new defense. He didn't really know who was who. We're really looking forward to next year."

Latina is looking forward to watching some film of Paskorz from this season.

"He said just make a highlight tape for my junior season, a highlight tape and maybe some game film so they can evaluate me, because they saw my sophomore highlight tape and they thought that was impressive."

Paskorz would like to be verbally committed somewhere before his senior year, but if he doesn't have all the offers he wants, he'll hold out until after the season.

Some of Paskorz's best high school memories are when he and his brother played together on a team, for the first time his freshman season. Steve played halfback and linebacker, while Jordan lined up at tight end and defensive end.

Perhaps Notre Dame and Latina will give the two a chance to play together again. Top Stories