Decision Time - 2004

Coke or Pepsi? Curly or Shemp? Britney or Christina? These are the decisions that most people face on a daily basis. <b>Jeremy Navarre</b>, an outstanding fullback and defensive end prospect from Joppatowne, Md., will be making a similar but more important decision in the near future when he chooses his college. What two teams has he narrowed it to? Where will he camp? What position does he want to play?

Name: Jeremy Navarre
Position: FB/DE
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 245 pounds
40 Speed: 4.89 seconds
Hometown/School: Joppatowne, Md. (Joppatowne HS)

Last year, June and July were two very promising months for the Penn State Nittany Lions, who landed a total of eight commitments during that sixty-one day span.  Although the verbals have come at a less ferocious pace this summer, Penn State has at least a fifty percent chance to land Jeremy Navarre sometime in the very near future.

A fullback and defensive end from Joppatowne, Md., Jeremy will camp at both Maryland (June 20-23) and Penn State (June 26-29).  Jeremy admitted that after the camps, he plans to sit down with his family and make a decision on where he wants to attend college.

Both the Nittany Lions and the Terrapins have been recruiting Jeremy for a while.  Maryland, in March, and Penn State, in early May, offered the senior-to-be, who last season recorded 158 tackles, 11 sacks, a blocked punt, and 5 fumble recoveries, in writing.

"[Penn State] offered me before the Nike Camp.  I'd been in touch with them for a while before the Nike Camp and I went back for the Nike Camp," said Jeremy.

Jeremy took an unofficial visit to Penn State weeks before the Nike Camp.  It was the first time he had ever been to Happy Valley.  What did he do on the trip?

"My dad and I went and we met all the coaches, they showed us around the campus, we just got to know everybody."

Jeremy has been to Maryland three times, including a Junior Day very early in the year.  He also indicated he's built a good relationship with each of the coaches responsible for recruiting him, Maryland offensive coordinator Charlie Taafe and Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson.  How often does he talk to each of the coaches?

"Every once in a while because they still write me mail.  I'll probably see them again because of going to go to both camps--the Maryland camp and the Penn State camp," explained Jeremy, who is being recruited to play offense (fullback) at Maryland and defense (defensive end) at Penn State, although he has no preference.

Although Jeremy did not indicate a leader, he said each place has great positives for him.

What does he like about Penn State?

"Tradition.  They've had the coach (Joe Paterno) for so long.  It's a real nice place."


"They've also got a nice place.  I'll be in Maryland, close to home."

Both teams will be eagerly awaiting Jeremy's decision because the winner will receive a very talented, versatile player who will help their football team get better.

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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