Park Sees Increased Interest

Upper St. Clair offensive lineman Ian Park adds another offer over the weekend.

Upper St. Clair's Ian Park has already had a busy winter. He kicked off 2011 with a trip to San Antonio for the U.S. Army Combine.

"It was good to see what everyone else looks like, a preview of everyone else in country," Park said. "I got to see how I match up against other top players in the country. Going in, I knew there would be some good kids there. I felt I did okay."

Since then, he's been to Pitt for an unofficial visit, picked up some more offers, then has a slate of schools he'll be visiting in the coming weeks.

Park was one of a number of local recruits at the Pitt-Syracuse game on January 17. It was his first college basketball game, but more importantly his first chance to get to meet Pitt's coaching staff, who invited him in for the game less than a week after being hired.

"It was good to meet the new staff, that was probably the main focus," Park said. "I had never been to a Pitt basketball game before, so I guess that would be a good first game to go to."

Park was offered by the previous staff, and that offer will remain intact with the new staff. He said if his first meeting with the new staff proved anything, it was a sense of relief—just knowing that a coaching staff was in place, and that he could have a good relationship with the new staff too.

"I didn't know much about (the new coaches) at the time, and I got to meet just about all of them," Park added. "I talked mostly with (offensive line) coach (Spencer) Leftwich, and (head) coach (Todd) Graham. The offense shouldn't be too different (for the offensive line). It's harder for the skill players, but it sounds like shouldn't be that bad a thing. Obviously, they put up a ton of points when (Graham) was at Tulsa. They're going to be successful."

Things look good for Pitt with Park so far. "Yeah, (the visit) was definitely real good," Park said. "I'll probably be back down for spring ball, for sure."

Park added an offer from Cincinnati over the weekend, and he's got a number of other schools he will be checking out over the new few weeks.

"I will be at West Virginia next weekend, then Cincinnati, Michigan State, a few of them for junior days," Park said. "I'm also hearing from N.C. State, Penn State and Syracuse."

Park was a first-team all-conference selection in 2010.


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