|School:||Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Cumberland Valley HS)|
Dan Lawlor, the 6'2'', 230 pound fullback/linebacker, has been a player talked about in recruiting circles since his sophomore season at Cumberland Valley HS in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The soon-to-be senior has already garnered interest from a handful of Division 1 schools, with more certain to be on the way.
Dan helped lead Cumberland Valley to an 8-2 record last year, losing only to Harrisburg football powerhouses, Bishop McDevitt and Central Dauphin. Because of their conference strength, 8-2 was not enough for them to advance to state playoffs, but with a young team on the field last year, the future looks bright.
"Going into last year we had to replace our whole defense and some of our offense, because we had 23 graduate the year before. So we had a lot of guys with inexperience coming back."
Although Cumberland Valley had a good season, Dan did not have the season he had hoped for. A separated shoulder in the third game hindered him throughout the remainder of the season.
"I only played two games [on defense]. I only went one way [offense] after I hurt my shoulder. I played a few defensive series, but I didn't play the whole game like I did the first two."
On offense Dan carried the ball 144 times, gaining 1200 yards on the ground and scoring 23 touchdowns. He admitted to favoring playing fullback over outside linebacker.
On what side of the ball do college coaches think Dan will be best suited for on the next level?
"I heard Penn State wants me to play linebacker. But I don't know for sure."
Penn State is just one of the schools that have stopped by Cumberland Valley to check in on Dan. Nittany Lion assistant coach Larry Johnson came to his school a couple weeks ago.
"He was there, but I didn't get the chance to talk to him. He couldn't find me."
Virginia and Michigan have also been into see him. Both Virginia Tech and Maryland have contacted Dan, but he has not received an offer from any school yet.
This weekend (February 22nd), Dan plans on heading down to the University of Maryland for their junior day. This will not be his first visit to College Park, he attended the Florida State-Maryland game last fall.
Dan has also been to Penn State on a couple occasions, but never to a game at Beaver Stadium.
"I visited Penn State for their spring last year, along with Maryland's spring game."
The day after the Blue-White game, Dan participated in the Penn State Nike Camp, run exclusively by Student Sports and TheInsiders.com.
This December, Dan had the honor of being invited to San Antonio to view the high school football all-star game.
"I was also at that combine in Texas, the U.S. Army All-American combine. That was a lot of fun participating in that combine. We did everything testing wise. But they didn't tell us what we got."
Dan comes from a family rich with football tradition. His oldest brother Jim, Jr. played for both Virginia Military Institute and Lebanon Valley College. Another brother Kevin, will be a junior tightend at Northeastern in Boston next season.
His father Jim, Sr., played at Virginia Tech. Will his father have any influence on Dan's college choice?
"My dad went there, he played guard there. He would like me to, but it's up to me."
Despite the family connections to Virginia Tech and the coaches visiting him from some national powers, does Dan have a school or schools that he favors?
"No not really. I like a lot of different teams."
(Interview by Steve Curry)