Stupar Narrows List

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All-American tight end Jonathan Stupar recently returned from an unofficial visit to Virginia for the North Carolina State game. The trip served as a good chance to check out two of his final six schools, as he has narrowed his list recently.

“I am down to six, which include my four official visit schools (Virginia, Florida State, Arizona State, Iowa) and UCLA and North Carolina State,” said Stupar. “The Virginia – NC State game was a good game. I didn’t know exactly who to root for since I am so close with both staffs.”

Currently, he has no more unofficial visits scheduled for this year. Stupar has one more official visit, which he plans to take some time early next year.

“UCLA or NC State [will be the final official visit],” said Stupar. “I will take my fifth official visit in January. Letter of Intent day is only a month after, so I will probably wait until then to decide.”

This weekend’s unofficial visit also enabled Stupar to learn more about UVa’s Athlete’s in Action program. Stupar, who takes part in the Young Life Christian program in State College, considers his faith a major part of his life and of the decision making process.

“It’s a major part of my life,” said Stupar. “I got a chance to check out Athletes in Action at Virginia – something I didn’t get to do on my official visit.

“I got to meet the head of Virginia’s Athlete’s in Action and spoke with [freshman linebacker] Kai Parham, who is also involved [in the program]. Parham is a great kid.”

Stupar’s visit comes two weeks after his high school football career came to an end. The All-American tight end concluded his final season on a positive note, as State College defeated outstanding running back Darrell Blackman and the Williamsport Millionaires 35-19. The victory gave State College a 6-4 record, a significant achievement after beginning the season 0-3.

According to Stupar, his senior season was a complete success.

”It went really well,” said Stupar, who finished the year with 45 catches for 527 yards and four of his team’s seven touchdown receptions. “We played the top 3 in-state teams in the first three games. We ended up winning five in a row.

“[Defeating Williamsport] was a great way to end the year.”

Stupar will now take his athletic skills to the basketball court, where he hopes to have a great season for the State College varsity team. State College, currently ranked seventh in the state, is primed for a run at the state championship.