Qadir Is Focused

Georgia linebacker Jamal Qadir has been invited to come to Penn State for one of its Junior Days. Qadir talks about his interest in PSU and if he'll be making the trip up North for a visit this spring.

Jamal Qadir out of Westside High in Augusta, Ga., is coming off a solid junior campaign where he received plenty of attention on the defensive side of the ball. And by attention, we mean double teams. And the occasional triple team.

Yet Qadir still found a way to put up some impressive numbers as both a defensive end and as an outside linebacker. Qadir registered nearly 40 tackles, four interruptions, four sacks and four tackles for loss. Not bad numbers for a Westside program that played a lot of freshmen and sophomores en route to finishing with a 1-9 record.

Qadir however, turned lemons into lemonade on what many would see as a bad season.

"This season I've learned a lot about going through tough times, even giving up my playing position to play both ways on offense and defense," Qadir said. "But my coach gave us a quote that helped, he said ‘Tough times don't last, tough people do.'"

And part of what is attracting interest from Penn State in Qadir is that work ethic and fortitude. He's been invited to participate in one of the Nittany Lions Junior Day programs in 2011 and said that he is getting steady mail from the program.

"I'm hearing from Penn State that I should send my junior tape ASAP," Qadir said. "That's what I plan on doing. I'm also hearing that I have the talent to play at their school and I could go there."

And go there he will, when sometime this spring he'll make the trip up to Pennsylvania to check out campus.

"I'm planning on going when they let me know the days; I want to learn more about what I can do to play at Penn State and become a good student there," Qadir said. "I'm very interested in Penn State. They are a good academic school and they have a great football tradition with great coaches and I can see myself playing there and performing well. I want to learn more about the traditions as well as more about the campus."

Yet, even though he hasn't yet been on campus, it is obvious that Qadir is already dreaming of the blue and white.

"Penn State is the only one in mind but my coach is helping me with other schools as soon as I get my SAT results back," Qadir said. "I should have more but I'm focused on Penn State."

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