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Hopewell linebacker Posluszny heads to Notre Dame

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By Tricia Lafferty
Saturday, April 7, 2007

The Posluszny family will be rooting for Notre Dame when the Fighting Irish play Penn State on Sept. 8.

Hopewell junior linebacker David Posluszny made a verbal commitment Thursday to play football for Notre Dame, giving his family, including former Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny, a reason to cheer for the Irish.

"Everyone was really happy," David said. "Everyone wanted me to pick Notre Dame. Even Paul was pulling for Notre Dame because it's such a prestigious school. He said when he was in my position, he would have liked to have had an offer from Notre Dame."

Notre Dame didn't offer Paul a scholarship, and David didn't get an official offer from Penn State. Penn State verbally offered a scholarship to David in September but never followed up on it. Regardless, David said he didn't give the Nittany Lions serious consideration.

Just a day after David took an unofficial visit to South Bend, Ind., the 6-foot-2, 214-pound linebacker chose the Fighting Irish over Pitt, Northwestern, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Posluszny held 11 offers and said the final decision came down to Notre Dame and Northwestern.

"I visited WVU and Pitt and after seeing Notre Dame, I didn't need to take any more visits because I knew that's where I wanted to go," David said. "I liked absolutely everything about Notre Dame. Everything about Notre Dame is first class.

"I don't think you can go to too many schools and get an Ivy League education and contend for a national championship every year."

David, who made the transition from safety to linebacker this season, only played four games this year for Hopewell after suffering a separated shoulder and a hairline fracture on his collarbone. David, who is also a fullback for the Vikings, was recruited to play inside linebacker for Notre Dame.

"He is a heck of a player," Hopewell football coach Dave Vestal said. "I think he has that same instinctive reaction to things that Paul had, but he didn't have a lot of opportunity to show it because of injuries.

"I told Dave that I wanted him to be his own player and have his own personality. It would have been tough to go up there (to Penn State). I don't think that was ever a consideration when Notre Dame came in this early, to be honest."



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