Pro style PA quarterback biding his time

Early prognosis is 2004 is a weak year for QB's in Pennsylvania. There may be an absence of the true blue chip prospect. There are however some who may end up being considered big time players with solid senior seasons.

One of these QB's is Duane Struppler, 6-3, 192, 4.68, of Sayre High School, PA. Sayre is a small Class A school in North East Pennsylvania that borders New York. Struppler is currently receiving written interest from Iowa, Connecticut, Syracuse, Nebraska, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Making the cut on Duane's early list of favorites are Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Sayre played in a Delaware wing-T offense in 2003, this year they will use a run and shoot system. In the wing-t Struppler managed to throw for 1300 yards and a 58% completion percentage. He was named to the Northern Tier all-star team, all Twin Tiers team, and the All-Academic Northern Tier Team. To be selected to the All-Academic Team a player must be named a football all-star and have a 3.0 GPA during the season. The Northern Tier is consider part of Bradford County, PA and Southern, NY. Duane played in 4 games as a sophomore and threw for 813 yards.

Duane took an unofficial visit to Connecticut in November. He has been invited to Iowa and Syracuse junior days, and spring games. This summer he may attend Penn State, Syracuse, and Connecticut camps.

"Connecticut has kept on me from the beginning, now Iowa has been showing me a lot of attention."

Struppler leads a very active life. In addition to football, he also plays basketball and baseball. When he's not active in sports you'll find him working as a construction worker.

"Right now, after school we run 3 miles, lift weights, go to baseball practice, then we have an open gym in the evenings and me and some of the other football players go and throw a little."

If the opportunity presents itself and he gets the right offer, Duane may make his decision before the end of the season.

With a solid senior season Struppler can boost his stock amongst college recruiters. Duane has a bench max of 225 lbs. and a 390 lb. squat max, 25" vertical, and a 2.8 GPA. He has taken the SATS once and got an 860 score, and he will retake them later this month.

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