Krupa builds on strong season

The University of Pittsburgh has been successful recruiting in the talent rich state of Florida. One of the first Floridians to commit to Pitt was tight end Nick Krupa from Santaluces Community High School in Lantana, FL. The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with him about his season.

"I'm really happy with the season. We're undefeated and 3-0 right now," stated tight end prospect Nick Krupa (6-foot-4 inches, 230 pounds) from Santaluces Community High School in Lantana, FL.

"Our team was struggled to 2-6 last season. We really came together this year and turned things around. Our offense is averaging 150 yards per game right now. We primarily run the ball."

Krupa caught 17 passes for over 200 yards and scored 3 touchdowns as a junior. He was named first-team all-conference as a tight end.

"The Panthers recruited me as a pass catching tight end but that doesn't mean I can't block. Our team has mostly run the ball and I have been doing a lot of blocking. I did have two receptions in our last game. One of them was for a touchdown."

Panthers Assistant Coach Charlie Partridge has been primarily responsible for recruiting Krupa. Auburn, Miami (FL), North Carolina, Northwestern, UCLA and Stanford were in close contact with him prior to his commitment to Pitt.

"I'm around 230 pounds right now. I would like to get to Pitt and weigh around 250 to 255 pounds. The extra bulk should help with blocking," he said. "I run a 4.7 forty-yard dash and I have soft hands. I don't think the extra weight would hinder my mobility. I want to be a pass catching threat when I join the Panthers."

"I contact the Pitt coaching staff every weekend just to check in and they text me every so often. I feel great about decision to join the Panthers and look forward to getting up there."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.


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