Paskorz Hopes To Make Own Mark

Jordan Paskorz is interested in making his own mark on the football field, but that doesn't mean he won't listen to what his big brother has to say.

Steve Paskorz will be a junior fullback at Notre Dame this fall, and he'll be working on Jordan, a 6-foot-4, 223-pound senior defensive end from Hampton High School in Allison Park, Pa., for the Fighting Irish.

But Notre Dame has not yet offered the younger Paskorz. Only Pittsburgh and Minnesota have done that. Jordan Paskorz also has gotten some interest from Michigan, Iowa, Penn State, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Virginia and Duke, so there's certainly a lot of interest there.

"I think it's an exciting time, and I want to take advantage of it,'' Paskorz said. "This only happens at one time of your life, unless you can play at another level (NFL) after college, but this is an important time for my future. And I want to make sure I make the correct decision and take it to the fullest.

"Pitt's recruiting me as a D-end, so it's a good thing that Coach (Greg) Gattuso is the primary recruiter. He'll be my coach at Pitt, because he's the D-line coach. Pitt's very high up for me. Just look at these facilities. All of them are great, and I hope to talk to them more often this spring.''

Paskorz watched several spring practices, as well as the Panthers' spring game April 11 at Heinz Field. And he also attended Pitt's blue-chip day, the initial intra-squad scrimmage, March 28 on the outdoor practice turf.

"My family likes Pitt, and they certainly wouldn't mind if I chose Pitt,'' Paskorz said. "They'd like me to stay close to home. So, that's a big point, too. We want to balance the academics with the football, and Pitt is high in both areas. They're on the rise in football, and their academics are good as well.

"So, they're very high up there, as I've said before, and I hope to make a decision before my senior season. I want to do that because I can have more fun during the season and not have to worry about anything else. My future will be set, as far as my college choice goes, and I can just play football.''

Jordan said that his big brother helps him out when he has recruiting questions, and Steve basically is an authority on Notre Dame. But Jordan is in no hurry to follow him to the Midwest.

"Academics and proximity to home are very important to me,'' Jordan said. "(And) the distance to home is a big reason why I like Pitt. One of the reasons. Also, I'm able to get down here a lot. I'm pretty sure I'll be at Pitt's (prospects) camp in June and any other time they want me to come down.''

Paskorz likely will attend some Panthers home games as well.

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