Paulus top target earning respect

Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers Academy wideout Lavar Lobdell has received six written offers up to this point, but has seen the recruiting process slow down a bit with the start of the 2004 season approaching.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Lobdell holds written offers from Syracuse, Wisconsin, Arizona State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina State.
As a junior, Lobdell earned first team all-Central New York honors and third team all-state after posting 29 receptions for 556 yard and 15 touchdowns, hauling in passes from superstar quarterback Greg Paulus who will play hoops at Duke. Lobdell is keeping things open right now.
“Right now I don’t have any favorites, but Syracuse is recruiting me the hardest,” admitted Lobdell. “Virginia Tech has just given me a verbal offer, but I’m still waiting to receive the paperwork in the mail.”
While Lobdell has yet to narrow his list, he does plan to take a few unofficial visits during the month of August before the season starts in full swing. Destinations for these visits are still unknown according to Lavar.
“I plan to take all five of my official visits before making a decision,” explained Lobdell. “I’ll take my visits as well as make a decision sometime after the season has wrapped up.”
An obvious deep-play threat, over half of Lobdell’s receptions last season went for touchdowns.
“I am a good deep route runner,” said Lobdell. “I have a knack for getting open across the field and making big plays. My downfield blocking could get better.”
What is Lavar looking for in a college?
“Academics come first for me,” Lobdell explained. “After that, I just want to see how I fit in with my teammates and how early I could be an impact player for the team.”
Lobdell plans to announce a narrowed list of schools for official visits sometime during the season.