WV TE/DE Nick Stefanow

Stefanow impressed many onlookers at the Penn State Nike Camp last Sunday. His performance will undoubtedly increase the interest level of college coaching staffs in the young athlete. Is PSU among his favorites?

Name: Nick Stefanow
Position: TE, DE
Height: 6'4 1/2"
Weight: 205 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.66
Bench Press: 350
School: Wheeling Park High, Wheeling, WV

Nick played in 10 games last season, helping Wheeling Park to a 6-4 record.  Stefanow played tight-end on offense and defensive-end on defense.  His coaches found several ways to get the ball into Nick's more-than-capable hands.

"They like to move me around the offense, put me in motion and run sweeps and reverses," Nick said.  "They split me out sometimes too.

"I think I had 6 touchdowns, probably around 35 catches and 2 two-point conversions.  I had 11 sacks.  I know that because I led the team in sacks.

"I got 1st Team All-OVAC (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) and I got 2nd Team All-Valley Defense."

Stefanow attended the Blue-White game and the Nike Camp with his parents this past weekend.  It was the first time he had been to Penn State, and he liked what he saw.

"We took a tour of the football building at Penn State and saw the weight room, the film rooms, the locker rooms, the training rooms and all of that."

Stefanow was impressive at the Nike Camp.  He ran a 4.66 40-yard dash and benched 185 pounds 25 times.  His performance will undoubtedly solicit interest from many big-time programs.

Nick does not have a position preference.

"It doesn't really matter, I like both sides of the ball.  Different schools are recruiting me for different positions.  I think Penn State is looking more at defensive-end, but maybe tight-end too, I don't know.  I think Pitt and West Virginia are looking more at tight-end."

Although Stefanow does not yet have a scholarship offer, several schools have already expressed an early interest in the talented athlete.

"I visited Pitt, West Virginia, Penn State and Ohio State.  I've also received invitations to junior days from Duke, Maryland and Tennessee."

Nick currently favors the 4 schools he's already visited.  However, he broke his list of top teams down even further.

"I would probably say Pitt and Penn State are my 2 favorites."

According to Nick, his father, although not a graduate of Pitt, has been a season ticket holder to Pitt football games for "probably 20-some years".

"I've been to a lot of games, it's only about 50 minutes away."

Is his father hoping he ends up at Pitt?

"Actually, he really disliked Penn State and then we went there and now he loves it, he loved it up there.

"He's not going to order season tickets this year because we'll be going to a bunch of games anyway."

Penn State Assistant Coach Kenny Carter went to Wheeling Park High School on Monday and met with Nick's coaches.


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