Stupar Commits

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Virginia received its 17th commitment this afternoon, when All-American tight end prospect Jonathan Stupar of State College Area High School in State College, Pennsylvania, announced for the Cavaliers during a chat on ESPN.com. He chose Virginia over Florida State, Iowa, Arizona State, and NC State.

The following is from the transcript of the ESPN.com chat.

“I will attend the University of Virginia,” said Stupar during his ESPN chat session. “The major reasons is the coaching staff, most of whom has NFL experience. Coach Andy Heck, coach Groh coached with my uncle, coach Musgrave played for a while. It’s a great academic program, there are mountains, the ocean is close. If for some reason I couldn’t play football, I think it is where I would fit in the most. It’s also close enough for my parents to come watch.”

Stupar led the State College Little Lions to a 6-4 record this season, impressive considering the teams’ 0-3 start. For the year, Stupar had 45 receptions for 527 yards and four touchdown receptions, including a season finale performance of five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in a 35-19 victory over favored Williamsport.

An excellent athlete, Jonathan uses exceptional body position, quickness, and instincts to become one of the most dangerous receiving tight ends in the country. State College Head Coach Dave Lintal says Stupar “has exceptional athletic ability…he knows how to get in the right position to catch the football.” Stupar is an accomplished defensive end as well, although he wants to and will play tight end for the Cavaliers.

“I think I’ll mostly be an offensive player,” said Stupar during his ESPN chat. If I would get to play earlier on defense, though, that would be great. Tight end is where I want to play.”

Off the field, Stupar participates in the Young Life Christian program and hopes to become a member of Athletes in Action in college. He is an excellent student and well rounded individual.

ESPN.com ranks Stupar as the #6 tight end in the country and the #86 prospect overall. Stupar also earned preseason SuperPrep Top 50 honors and ranks as Rivals.com’s #6 tight end prospect, #97 overall.

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