June 5, 2009

Paskorz a good fit for 'quick' position

Michigan commitment Jordan Paskorz should be well prepared to play the 'quick' position when he arrives in Ann Arbor in 2010. The 6-3, 235-pound three-star recruit will occupy the same role for Hampton High School this season …

"We look at our defense ideally like the [Pittsburgh] Steelers 3-4 and we need athletic guys on the end and certainly Jordan is that," head coach Jacque DeMatteo said. "We're going to put a lot on his shoulders this fall and we're going to expect a lot of production from him."

Paskorz won't be overwhelmed by his responsibilities. He's been a natural leader for the Talbots, proving his dedication and commitment to football and his teammates with a grueling daily schedule throughout the past few months.

"Jordan is a three-sport athlete, plays basketball and runs track, but despite his demanding schedule, he showed up for football workouts at 6:00 a.m. three days a week," DeMatteo said. "He didn't miss a workout all year and would literally lift, go to school, go to basketball or track practice, go home to study and then wake up to do it all over again."

Paskorz's determination in the weight room is paying off. His combined weight in three exercises - bench press, squats and dead lift - is 1,300 pounds. He's put on 10 pounds of muscle since the end of the 2008 season and is a bit quicker.

"He's a strong kid, very explosive, and he's always had speed but now he's faster," DeMatteo said. "He is an impact player for us and I expect he'll be an impact player for Michigan.

"He's very coachable. When he makes a mistake, he doesn't point at a teammate or blame a coach - he looks inward to learn from his mistakes. And when you tell him to do something, he does it. You have his full attention because he's ready to improve everything he does."

Paskorz committed on May 27, choosing U-M over offers from Pittsburgh, Virginia and Minnesota. He surprised his coach and his parents with his decision.

"I was surprised in the sense that when he visited Michigan he didn't have the intention of making a commitment," DeMatteo said. "But he was impressed with Coach Rodriguez and that was the clincher.

"He told his parents he wanted to make a commitment and they said OK because everyone agrees that Michigan is a great academic school and has everything, from an educational standpoint, you want."

In 2008, Paskorz recorded 32 tackles, including five sacks. As a tight end, he made seven receptions for 62 yards.

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