Junior Gets First Look

Junior linebacker David Posluszny was running a bit late on his visit to West Virginia last weekend, but that didn't keep him from being impressed by what he saw at the Mountaineer campus.

"We didn't get to visit with the coaches or do any of the pregame activities – we ended up just making it for kickoff," said Posluszny, who will be one of the top defenders in the state of Pennsylvania during his senior season. "But I really liked the atmosphere. It was really good, the crowd was loud and they were into it. I really like West Virginia."

Posluszny is probably getting a bit more attention than the average junior due to his older brothers, both of whom were standout athletes on the Division I level. Brother Stan was an all-Big East performer in baseball at West Virginia, while Paul is finishing up his career as a star linebacker at Penn State. However, he has earned most of the early attention with his play on the field that has attracted offers from West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Wisconsin, and great interest from Michigan, Penn State and Notre Dame.

The Mountaineers' and Nittany Lions' chances to get a commitment from Posluszny could be enhanced by those family ties, but the younger brother said neither has been pushing his alma mater on him.

"My brothers have been a big help during recruiting, and they aren't pressuring me at all. It's obviously still very early in the process, and I think they are only going to get more helpful as time goes along."

While Posluszny has been to Morgantown many times to seen his brother in action on the diamond, this was the first time he has had a chance to see a football game. He noted that the stadium and the fans made the game more exciting, and that he would like to play in an environment such as the one surrounding the WVU – Rutgers contest.

"I was really surprised at how many people were there. I was really impressed with that," said Posluszny, who has also traveled to Penn State and Notre Dame to take in games.

Of course, Penn State, with its 100,000+ fans, can generate plenty of excitement too, so it's far too early to consider any school as having an inside track. The standout linebacker, who admitted to being surprised at getting offers as a junior, is still gathering information from all the schools showing interest in him. He does, however, have a couple of criteria developed to measure those schools against.

"I really want to go to a school with a winning tradition, That's an important thing to me. I want the chance to win. And academics will be important too."

The battle is just underway for the latest great athlete in the Posluszny family, and it figures to be one that only grows more heated as his high school career progresses.

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