Suber Well Suited For Rigors of Defensive Line

West Virginia's latest football verbal commitment had planned to wait until after the season to make his college choice, but he decided to go ahead and make his pick this week.

"I've been thinking about it a lot, and I had wanted to wait until our season was over before I made my commitment," Suber told "I didn't want it to be a dsitraction to my team or to our season. But, Friday night is our last game, and after thinking about it I didn't believe that it would cause any problems, so I decided to commit."

Suber plays for Glen Mills Prep, a private, residential school for males with a history of juvenile deliquency. This is Suber's second tour at Glen Mills, and the well-spoken senior seems determined to make the most of the chances that the school is offering him.

"I didn't play sports at home," the native of Philadelphia said. "Glen Mills has given me the chance to have a positive and fun experience playing sports, and they have given me the chance to go to college. Many of the coaches here are former players, so they know what we have been through. I have a lot of respect for our coaching staff."

Suber originally came to Glen Mills as a freshman, but when he returned home for his sophomore year he drifted back into trouble. Not coincidentally, he did not play football that year at home.

Suber returned to Glen Mills as a junior, and since then has turned his life around. And while that phrase may sound a bit cliched, it truly seems to fit in the case of the big defensive lineman.

Suber has been elected campus president at Glen Mills as a senior, and is clearly a leader at the school, which has a history of taking troubled teenagers and turning them into solid citizens.

"I was voted president by my peers on campus, and I take pride in that. I think I am a strong leader, and being in this position has definitely helped my leadership skills."

As he turned things around in his personal life, Suber also began attracting notice on the football field. Playing in just his second year of organized football as a junior, Suber drew notice for his aggressive play and speed off the snap. West Virginia was one of the first schools to contact Suber, and the Mountaineers' persistence during the recruiting process has paid off with a commitment.

Suber believes that he has a good combination of size, speed and aggressiveness that is well suited to the defensive line. And although he played some offensive line as a freshman, he knows that the interior defensive line is where his college future lies.

Suber leads Glen Mills, which has a 7-2 record going into this week's final game, in tackles and sacks. He has also displayed his quickness by blocking a field goal and more than one punt. He was named the Pennsylvania Football Digest Independent player of the week for his performance against Dunbar High School with 10 tackles, two blocked passes, one sack, and a blocked punt.

Despite his impressive statistics, Suber is the first to admit that he is still learning the game.

"Only playing three years, I'm still behind were guys who played since midget league are," Suber observed. "I'm still learning the fundamentals, and I know there's a lot more I can still learn."

Suber, who was a preseason All state selection by Pennsylvania SportsFever, is also a shot put and powerlifting standout. His performance pumping iron obviously has a great deal of carrover to his success on the footblal field.

"Powerlifting helps me keep my strength up," said Suber, who has bests of 355 in the bench-press, 630 in the deadlift and 675 in the squat. "It's also something that you can do by yourself thathelps you on the field. It helps your discipline."

Suber attended Temple's football camp this summer, and also took in West Virginia's game with Cincinnati. Despite the Mountaineers' loss Suber said his visit was a good one.

"You win some, and you lose some," Suber said when asked if the loss affected his visit. "WVU played really well against Miami and Virginia Tech. Sometimes you lose a game, so one loss didn't have any effect on me."

Suber was also recruited by Temple, Villanova, Hofstra, and Maryland. The Terps had not yet offered a scholarship, but Suber made that point moot by committing to the Mountaineers.

"Once I've made my mind up, that's it," Suber said. "I'm coming to West Virginia. I like Coach Kirelawich. He's a straight up guy - no beating around the bush. I like that, and I just like playing football."

Suber is still waiting on his ACT scores, but has a solid B average. He is leaning toward majoring in physical therapy.

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