March 25, 2011

Park likes SU tradition

Last recruiting season the Orange only landed two prospects from Pennsylvania in 2012 they are looking to improve on those numbers. One prospect they are looking at that could help those numbers is Pittsburgh (Pa.) Upper St. Clair offensive lineman Ian Park.

Park, 6-foot-4, 295 pounds has had his Orange offer for a couple weeks now and he is excited about the Orange.

"Syracuse offered me about three weeks ago. I was surprised when they offered I knew that they were interested and then the offer came out of the blue. I am excited about it and I am very interested in Syracuse. I look forward to getting up there this spring," Park stated. "I have emailed Coach Adkins a few times and I will call him soon to talk about a visit."

There are also a few more items that excite Park when it comes to the Orange.

"I know they have a great tradition and I look forward to watching them next season and see how they do. I feel I could fit in well with their offense. Academics are really important to me and Syracuse is such a good academic school. Academics are going to be a huge part of my decision."

The Keystone State prospect has the size to play any position on the line, but there has already been talk between both parties on where he will play if he picks the Orange.

"They want me to play inside at guard. I have the ability to get low and explode through my opponent. My specialty is pulling and trapping defensive ends and other interior linemen on the defensive line."

In college speed and footwork will be very important and that is what Park is working on this offseason.

"I am doing a lot of footwork drills and anything I can do to get faster feet."

As it stands right now Park has five offers and those schools are all even at this point and a decision is not expected to come soon.

"I have five offers and I like all of those schools right now. I am just going to take all of my visits and go from there. I will probably make my decision sometime after next football season near December."

Last season went well for Park and he felt that he made a lot of improvements.

"We went 8-3 and lost in the second round of the playoffs, we did not do as well as we thought we would have. Next year is going to be our year. I felt I played well and I got better every game."

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