The Word Is Out

Tight-end Jonathan Stupar of State College Area High School, just a few miles from Penn State, already has several scholarship offers. Has Penn State offered? Is he interested in the Nits?

Name: Jonathan Stupar
Position: TE, DE, Long Snapper
Height: 6'4 1/2"
Weight: 250 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.8
Bench Press: 300
School: State College Area High, State College, PA

Jonathan Stupar is the son of Steve Stupar, who was a letterman for the Penn State football team in 1979.

Jonathan is quickly becoming one of the most highly recruited tight-end prospects in the northeast.

"A few places are looking at him as a defensive end, but I think he prefers tight-end," his father said.  "He's a real good skill player, real good with the ball.  He catches the ball real well, sees the ball real well, runs real hard after it.  He's big enough to play defensive end, but I think his personality is more offensive-minded.

"This year, he had 30 catches for 360 yards, 8 touchdowns and 2 two-point conversions."

Jonathan added 75 tackles and 7 sacks on defense.

His talents earned him 1st Team All-Conference honors this past season.

Several big-time Division I programs have wasted no time in extending Jonathan a scholarship offer.

"He's got around 9 or 10.  Virginia, Iowa, Michigan State, Florida State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke and West Virginia have offered.  We just talked to Ohio State and Miami.  The only thing holding up Miami's offer is that they do an extensive character background search and an academic background search before they even put forth an offer, so they're in the middle of that.  Coach Tressel of Ohio State just wants to meet him, so we're going down the first or second week in June.  Those two schools are very close to offering."

The Stupars have already begun taking visits to prospective schools.

"Three weeks ago we took a southern swing to Virginia, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke.  All of those schools offered when we were down.  We were down West Virginia last weekend and they offered.  Florida State just offered this week."

Will Jonathan attend the Nike Camp at Penn State this Sunday?

"No, we're going to be down at Virginia all weekend at their spring game."

Are the Nittany Lions recruiting the big tight-end?

"Yeah, they seem to take the local recruits a little lightly, but yes, they're recruiting him.  They just invited him for the Blue-White game and stuff, but we were already committed to [visiting] Virginia.

"He was there (Penn State) for an unofficial visit last year (Indiana game).  We know several of the coaches personally since I played here.  Brian Norwood is the defensive backs coach.  His son is on Jon's basketball team, so we spend a lot of time together with them.  Coach Johnson, the defensive line coach, would be at several of the games.  One of Jon's best friends is Franny Ganter's son Jason, so we're kind of around them a lot.

"I'm sure he's going to give them strong consideration.

"I played here (Penn State) and his uncles all played here, the Hostetlers.  There's a lot of history here, but I told him when it started that he doesn't need to feel like he has to tie into something because of decisions we made.  He needs to make his own decision.

"The game plan is to decide on his 5 visits before the season starts, and we would like to take a majority of those visits in-season where we can get to see a game situation."

"I don't have any favorites right now," Jonathan said.  "I'm kind of enjoying getting to see all the schools."

He is looking forward to visiting Virginia this weekend.

"It's really nice down there, a beautiful campus."

Jonathan described Penn State's interest in him as "medium to high right now".

It has been reported that he might like to attend college away from his home town.  Does that make Penn State a longshot?

"No, I'd consider them, but they're right here and I kind of want to get away."

Jonathan will most likely attend multiple summer camps this year.

"Last year, I went to Penn State's camp, and that was it.  This year, I know for sure I'm going to Virginia's, maybe Florida State's and maybe Ohio State's."

Jonathan currently maintains a 3.2 core GPA and a 3.4 overall GPA.


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