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With 5 senior offensive lineman graduating after the 2002 campaign, finding quality lineman to add depth is a crucial need for Penn State's class of 2007. Dan Pribula, a tackle from Strongsville, OH, fits the bill, plus he has Penn State ties.

Name: Dan Pribula
Position: OL
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 320 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.1
Max Bench Press: 330 or 340 pounds
School: Strongsville High School, Strongsville, OH

I've said in my Lion's Lounge column, how can you not love an offensive lineman that comes from a town named Strongsville? It would seem at least a couple college coaches would agree with my assessment after seeing Strongsville, Ohio's Dan Pribula on film.

Dan, who plays mostly tackle at the high school level, currently sports approximately 15 to 20 scholarship offers, including Notre Dame, Northwestern, and Pittsburgh. Those schools rank in his top 7, along with four who have not offered, such as Tennessee, Stanford, Penn State, and Ohio State. According to Dan, he expects Tennessee to send him a written offer soon.

Dan has not attended any college football games this season for unofficial visits, but he has been to Penn State and Ohio State unofficially on numerous occasions. According to Dan his last visit to Happy Valley came in July, "Over the summer for a junior day, to meet the coaches and tour the place." In fact, his father is what Dan would call a "Penn State fanatic."

"My dad went there so we have grown up around there. We've always been up there [for games]." Like most children do, Dan followed his father's team, "I guess I'd say I was a fan of them [growing up], more or less because my dad was, so I'd always have Penn State clothes and everything."

Now that he is grown-up, become more independent, and has top-notch division-one schools after his signature, the Nittany Lions still rank highly with Dan. "Their quarterback's pretty good. They have a very good team and I've grown up around them. I know the campus a little bit, I like that. It's a good school."

Though the Nittany Lions have not yet offered, he has received periodic phone calls from Jay Paterno since the beginning of September, when coaches were allowed to start calling player's homes again. "I think they have called three times, maybe once every other week or once every few weeks. They've invited me to all their home games."

Dan has not begun the process of setting up his official visits but both Penn State and Notre Dame are definites on his list.

Does he feel any pressure from his father to attend Penn State if they offer him a scholarship? "He doesn't care where I go as long as I get a good education."

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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