Still recovering from an ankle injury, Rivals100 athlete Steve Paskorz wasn't sure if he'd get an offer from his favorite school, Notre Dame. Today those fears were put to rest when Charlie Weis and the Irish made an offer to the Pittsburgh (Pa.) Hampton prospect. He in turn committed on the spot.
"Coach Weis was talking to coach Mahalik and said he plans to offer me and I told my coach I wanted to accept," he said. "I had a feeling they were going to offer because coach Weis stopped by my school last Friday and has been talking to my coach a lot recently about me."
After school, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder called coach Weis and Latina back to talk more about the commitment.
"Basically they both talked to me about what position I'll be playing there," he said. "Coach Weis mentioned that he really likes me at running back, but at the moment they are looking for me to play linebacker probably. To me it doesn't matter what position I play because I know I get to play for Notre Dame and Charlie Weis and they can do whatever they want with me as long as I find the field."
Paskorz is a fan of the Irish, but his visit to South Bend last month appears to be the deciding factor in his commitment.
"I went to their junior day and got to see the facilities and know the coaches really well," he said. "Then I went back up for the spring game and that set me off. Taking in the atmosphere at the game and checking out the education put them over the edge.
"I was very impressed and comfortable with all the coaches there including coach Minter, Weis, Latina and Ianello. Coach Weis came and talked to my coach while coach Latina was the first one to get to know me and continued to stay in touch. I liked coach Ianello because he kept sending me letters and then coach Minter is the linebacker coach and he made sure to talk to me every time I visited."
A few other things sealed the deal for the Irish.
"Notre Dame has always been a school in my heart and they have a tremendous tradition and the education is second to none," he said. "I know if I go there once I graduate and get my degree I can come out with a job and I like that aspect. At the moment, I'm thinking of pursuing occupational therapy, engineering or business."
Paskorz is relieved to have a decision behind him.
"It feels great to have it done. It's like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders," he said. "Now I don't have to sit down and decide over schools and get phone calls and text messages. Everyone knows where I'm going and I just want to go out this year, play to my ability and prove that I'm a Notre Dame recruit."
The Keystone State prospect had a final note to say to the Irish faithful.
"I just wanted to say that it's an honor and privilege for me to go and play for Notre Dame."
Paskorz selected Notre Dame over offers from Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia and others.