December 15, 2006

Stefanik changes his plans

Harrison City, Pa., linebacker Paul Stefanik had planned to officially visit several of the schools that had extended scholarship offers.

He made one trip, a Dec. 1 stop at Kent State, and he liked what he saw so much that he canceled his other visits and committed to the Golden Flashes.

"Last Saturday I called my recruiting coach (Zane Vance) and committed," Stefanik said. "He was really excited. After that I called Doug Martin and told him. He was excited and said he can't wait to get me up there because I was one of their No. 1 guys."

Credit redshirt freshman Eugene Jarvis with an assist for helping bring Stefanik to Kent.

"Eugene was my host on the visit and he really helped me make my decision," Stefanik said. "He showed me a good time and showed me what the place is all about."

Stefanik was also excited about the opportunity to see the field early, not just on special teams but he said he'd have the chance to earn a starting position.

"They want me to play Will linebacker," Stefanik said. "They said they want me to come in and compete for a starting job my true freshman year; I like that."

The Golden Flashes recent success on the field and in recruiting also played a part in Stefanik's decision.

"They are getting good players that know winning," he said. "When you bring in good players that know how to win (success) is what you get."

Stefanik picked Kent State over offers from Akron, Buffalo, Marshall, Temple and Youngstown State. He recorded 109 tackles and 15 sacks during his senior season.

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