Eastern PA LB in high demand

Many juniors have to wait to be evaluated before schools start showing serious interest. That's not the case for an eastern PA LB that is already being recruited by 39 schools.

Mike Dell, a 6'3" 225 pound LB from Lower Dauphin HS in Hummelstown, PA, is getting serious interest from major programs like Pittsburgh, Penn State, Purdue, UConn, Virginia, Stanford, Iowa, Boston College, USC, Nebraska and Michigan.

An excellent athlete with 4.6 speed, Dell was the only junior in PA to be named to the AP AAA All-State team on defense after recording 138 tackles (62 solo) and 2 interceptions, and was also named Defensive MVP for the Capital Division of the Mid-Penn Conference.

Iowa has shown the most interest in Dell thus far, according to Lower Dauphin coach Rob Klock, but he sees Pitt as a serious contender.

"He went to their camp last year and enjoyed the experience. He liked the facilities, the school, and the surroundings," said Klock.

"Yeah, I like them a lot," says Dell. " A couple of years ago I would have said ‘Pittsburgh?'. But now I like them. They are a program on the rise."

Pitt coach Tom Freeman has been in contact with Klock, who says that Pitt may have one more advantage going for them.

"We have an assistant who played at Pitt so they have an in," laughs Klock, referring to Ken Dapp, who played QB at Pitt in the mid-70's.

Dell also plays baseball and basketball, and has received all-star recognition in the latter. He also has a 2.9 GPA and has already scored a 1050 on his SAT's.

But always trying to make himself better, Dell says he wants to take them again. "I know I can do a lot better."

As for camps, Dell wants to go back to Pitt and maybe Penn State also.

It appears that Dell will have many schools to choose from but may not wait if the right offer comes a long.

"If somebody I like offers me, I may go with them right then."

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