Szczerba Focused on Title

This season Penn State has put the ball into the tight end's hands more, with freshman Andrew Quarless ranked No. 4 on the team's reception list, pulling in 20 balls for 286 yards and a touchdown. Class of 2007 member, Andrew Szczerba, is looking to get in on the action in coming years, but has a championship set in his sights first.

It's been one historical season for senior tight end/defensive end Andrew Szczerba this year. Ranked No. 1 in Delaware, his Salesianum squad finished the regular season 10-0 for the first time in school history.

Defensively, Salesianum posted three shutouts on the year and had another three contests where they surrendered 14 points or less. On the offensive side of the ball the team averaged 29 points per game.

His performance over the course of the 2006 season earned him All-Catholic Conference First Team selections at both tight end and defensive end.

Szczerba came up big for his Salesianum team on both sides of the ball this past friday night in the state semi-final, defeating Middletown 28-12 to advance to the Division I championship game for the first time since they won the last of their three state titles in 1993.

At defensive end he made some key plays, including a big third down tackle for loss and a fumble recovery, one of five forced turnovers the team managed in the contest.

During the regular season Szczerba had 10 receptions for 175 yards (17.5 YPC) and three touchdowns. Scout's Matt Alkire had the opportunity to see Szczerba in action earlier this season and provided his thoughts on the prospect, saying, "The first thing of note with Andrew Szczerba is that he is indeed every bit of his listed 6-foot-6, 250-pound frame. He has a lean, muscular frame that could easily handle added muscle mass which he'll need at the collegiate level."

He went on to say, "He shows good mobility, but tends to lunge at defenders, getting himself off-balance. He also needs to improve his quickness off the snap. These are obviously easily correctable flaws. In short, Penn State has themselves a very talented tight end who may be able to step on the field early at a spot the Nittany Lions could use some help with."

Szczerba talked about his decision to become a Nittany Lion shortly after his August decision after a visit where he spent time with Paul Posluszny and the coaches. As he explained, "I just fell in love with the campus. I felt comfortable there, just the atmosphere. And I have a lot of respect for the coaches and players."

As his head coach, William DiNardo, said of his standout senior, "He is a no doubt blue chip type of player. He is outstanding on both sides of the ball. He is unblockable as a defensive end, and has the type of frame that is appealing to a lot of schools."

Get updates on other commitments to Penn State's Class of 2007:

Kevion Latham
Quinn Barham
Nate Stupar
Nick Sukay
Jon Ditto
Andrew Dailey
Chris Colasanti

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