This year with a wealth of talent in Pennsylvania there may be several battles between the once fierce rivals. One that is developing is with a highly touted linebacker from Gateway (Pa.) high school.
The recruitment of Justin King not only thrust the spotlight upon his
school, but it also helped his young teammates get noticed. One junior
who has already received a written offer is the (6-2, 220, 4.6)
battering ram fullback/linebacker Dan Loheyde. Loheyde provided much of
the lead blocking this past season for Justin King.
Loheyde received a written offer from Pittsburgh two weeks ago at their
first junior day of the year.
"Its my first, and Pitt is like the hometown team so that means
something to me," Loheyde said. "Coach Wannstedt is a really nice guy, I
really liked the whole coaching staff."
Penn State is among a hand full of teams that have been showing interest
in Loheyde, along with West Virginia, Connecticut, Maryland, and Boston College.
"I'm going to Pitt's next junior day at the end of February, I'll also
probably go to West Virginia and Maryland's junior day's," Loheyde said.
Loheyde got a first hand view of the craziness that now surrounds high
school football recruiting from Justin King. King was the most highly
recruited prospect in Western Pennsylvania since North Hills alumni
LaVar Arrington chose Penn State over a myriad of D-1 programs.
"I enjoyed watching Justin handle himself, I'm not ready for that much
interest," Loheyde said. "He handled himself well, I learned that you
have to be humble and not burn any bridges."
As far as camp plans are concerned, Loheyde is planning on attending the
Nike Combine at Penn State and possibly one-day camps at West Virginia
During the 2004 season Loheyde registered 130 tackles, 3 sacks, 2
interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and he blocked 2 kicks. For his efforts
he was named first team All-Conference Quad Southwest, All-WPIAL Class
AAAA Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, All-WPIAL Class AAAA Tribune-Review.
Loheyde's current list of favorites includes Pittsburgh, West Virginia,
Penn State, Connecticut, Maryland, and Boston College.
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