Poz-itive Attitude for Hopewell Sophomore

PITTSBURGH — Though he's 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds, David Posluszny has always had to deal with the considerable shadow cast by his older brother, Penn State All-American linebacker Paul. But if that will impact his college choice — one way or the other — the junior-to-be from Hopewell High in Aliquippa is not tipping his hand.

“I still have a good bit of time left, so I certainly don't have to make a decision right now,'' David Posluszny said prior to working out March 4 at the Scout.com All-American Combine at the UPMC Sports Complex.

“But I definitely like Penn State a lot. I like Michigan, and I like Notre Dame a whole lot, too. I'm just not sure where I want to go to college, but I'm not worried about it. I have a lot of time to make the decision.''

Along with Penn State, Michigan and Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, Nebraska, Kansas State and Princeton also have shown interest through letters and questionnaires. After a reporter jokingly assured David that Paul wouldn't be told about his preferences, the younger Posluszny said he already was aware.

“My brother talks to me a whole lot about the whole (recruiting) process, and he kind of helps me out through it,'' Posluszny said. “I don't really know if I'd like to follow him to Penn State, but I still have a lot of time. And I haven't received any offers yet, so we'll see what happens.''

For those who watched Posluszny perform at the combine or during Hopewell High's 2005 season, they had to be impressed. Posluszny, who is being viewed as a strong safety or linebacker right now, had four interceptions and was among the Vikings' leaders in tackles.

At the Combine, Posluszny covered the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds, the 20-yard shuttle run in 4.34 seconds, the vertical jump in 33 inches, the three-cone shuttle in 7.38 seconds and standing broad jump in 7 feet, 3 inches.

Recruiting experts at the combine said David is more physically developed at this point of his high school career than Paul was at a similar stage. College coaches will get a chance to see that for themselves.

David hopes to attend several summer football camps at either Penn State, West Virginia, Michigan or Notre Dame. (His oldest brother, Stan, is a standout baseball player for the Mountaineers.)

David has been a regular at Nittany Lion football games for obvious reasons.

“I went to Penn State's games against Ohio State, Minnesota and then Michigan on the road,'' Posluszny said. “All three games were good games, and I'm sure I'll go to more this year. As far as the recruiting process has gone, I'm happy with the way things have been for me so far.

“I'm getting a lot of letters, and I'll probably get some more. We don't mind it too much at my house. We've been through it so much with Paul and me, now. Everybody's been very supportive, and they'll all be a part of my decision. But, ultimately, the college will be my choice.''

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