Options for Nathan Stupar

As the May evaluation period rolls on most of the upper echelon prospects start to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. State College standout Nathan Stupar is doing just that. Stupar has reached double-digits on his impressive offer sheet.

State College, PA., standout defensive end/tight end Nathan Stupar has added another offer to make a total of ten at this point in the recruiting process. "I was just offered by Kentucky recently as a linebacker," Stupar said. In addition to the Wildcats, Stupar holds offers from Stanford, Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Arizona State, Boston College, Rutgers, and Pittsburgh. "I am also hearing a lot from Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Kansas State, Miami, Florida State, and Texas A&M," Stupar said.

The offer as a linebacker may seem strange because Stupar played defensive end and tight end for State College, but linebacker is his preferred position. "All of the schools recruiting me at this point are looking at me as a linebacker and Penn State and West Virginia have both talked to me about playing some H-back as well," Stupar said. "This year I am planning on playing middle linebacker my team for the first time. I may move up to a pass rushing position on third downs to get after the quarterback but linebacker will be my main position this year."

Despite the early interest, Stupar (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) has no clear favorites at this point. "I am wide open right now. Distance doesn't matter to me. Education doesn't matter because I am a great student and I can get a great education wherever I go. I have a 4.0 GPA so I think I can succeed in the classroom and on the field wherever I go. The things I am looking at are depth charts and that sort of thing," Stupar said.

Stupar will definitely be making an informed decision on his college choice due to prior experience. "My brother Jonathan Stupar plays at Virginia and he talked to me about choosing a college that fits me. He said that he has some friends that rushed their decision and they regretted it so I plan on taking my time," Stupar said. Despite Nathan's brother playing tight end for the Cavaliers, that doesn't seem to have an impact on Nathan's decision. "It would be nice to play with my brother but he would only be there for one year while I would be there so it wouldn't be worth it to go there for that reason alone," Stupar said.

Stupar has visited Penn State, West Virginia, and Maryland up to this point and plans at least two more visits in the coming months. "I plan on going to visit Stanford and Arizona State in the near future but I don't have any dates set yet," Stupar said. Stupar also attended a recent combine at Penn State but did not participate in timed events because of a late arrival due to SAT's.

Last season, Stupar had 44 catches for 644 yards as a tight end. He also racked up 56 tackles and 10 sacks as a defensive end to go along with one interception returned for a touchdown, 12 pass deflections, and four fumble recoveries. Those stats earned Stupar first team Class AAAA Associated Press All-State and first team PA Football News All-State honors.


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