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Konopka picks up two Pac-10 offers

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Jack Konopka has received offers and interest from conferences around the country and now two Pac-10 schools have jumped in the mix with Arizona and Oregon both offering in recent days.
Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is involved for the Wildcats and Konopka, a 6-foot-5, 262-pound tight end from Palatine (Ill.) Fremd, said he's still doing his research on Arizona but likes the extra attention.
"I don't know too much about Arizona, I'm in that stage right now where I'm doing homework on my schools but I was talking to coach Bedenbaugh for a while," Konopka said. "He called me up and gave me a verbal offer and then sent the written one in the mail.
"I hadn't really been looking into Arizona because I wasn't sure I was getting an offer but I did so I'm going to go online and start doing research. I'll also talk to coach Bedenbaugh more and learn more about their program in the next couple weeks."
A verbal offer came from Oregon's Steve Greatwood and a written one is expected to arrive in the mail once the offensive line coach returns to Eugene. Both Pac-10 offers are something for Konopka, who might also move to the offensive line, to strongly consider.
"I talked to the coach a couple weeks ago over the phone, I think it was the first day they were allowed to call me, I got a call and they said they were interested and then I got an e-mail a couple days ago saying coach Greatwood would be in the school," Konopka said.
"He stopped by today and said they don't really offer kids until they see them in person and he gave me a verbal offer and he said when he got back to Oregon after his recruiting stops that I'd get a written one."
Konopka has many other options as well. Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Boston College, Illinois, Northwestern and Purdue are also on his offer list but there is definitely intrigue about the two Pac-10 programs getting involved.
"I've heard nothing but good things from the Pac-10 and the Big Ten," Konopka said. "Being in the same conference as USC, Oregon, those kinds of schools it's really crazy and it's really cool to know I'm drawing interest from those schools."
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