Stupar Joins Penn State's Class of 2007

With a father who lettered at at Penn State, an uncle who starred at West Virginia and a brother now playing at Virginia, the odds of State College High standout Nathan Stupar becoming a legacy player somewhere were strong. And that is exactly what happened Wednesday, when the latest member of the football-playing family accepted a scholarship offer from his hometown Nittany Lions.

Stupar made his decision known at a press conference at his high school. The verbal commitment makes him the third member of Penn State's Class of 2007, following Michigan linebacker Chris Colasanti and Pennsylvania offensive lineman Josh Marks.

Stupar became a hot commodity on the recruiting front following an impressive showing against Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt High early in the 2005 season. Though McDevitt featured more than a half dozen legitimate major college recruits, including star running back LeSean McCoy, Stupar was all over the field on offense (he caught a key TD pass late) and defense (his speed was too much for McDevitt's massive offensive front).

The majority of the Penn State staff was at the game to watch McCoy (who ended up in prep school), but the Nittany Lion assistants obviously liked what they saw from Stupar. He went on to earn first-team AAAA All-State honors as a tight end, beating Gateway's Jon Ditto for the award.

He finished his junior year with 44 catches for 644 yards to go along with 56 tackles, 10 sacks and one interception returned for a score.

Stupar played defensive end and tight end as a junior at State High. But at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, most college programs view him as a linebacker or H-back. His versatility should allow Penn State to plug him in on either side of the ball.

History proves that his family can succeed at just about any position. His father, Steve, was a defensive lineman for Penn State in the late 1970s. His uncle, Jeff Hostetler, began his college career at PSU but transferred to West Virginia, where he emerged as a top pro prospect at quarterback. He later led the New York Giants to the Super Bowl. Big brother Jon, meanwhile, will be a junior tight end at Virginia next season.

We will have more on Stupar's commitment shortly.


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