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April 27, 2007

PA TE makes two visits

This past weekend was a busy one for Jermyn [Penn.] Lakeland tight end/defensive end Justin Virbitsky.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound jumbo athlete found himself in the recruits section of Beaver Stadium on Saturday during the annual Blue-While spring game.

"It was really nice," said Virbitsky. "There were a lot of people there for it just being a scrimmage. They had over 70,000 people there."

He was an unfamiliar face among the crowd of recruits that were in attendance, because he had not really been in contact with the Nittany Lion coaching staff much this spring.

[The invite] was pretty much the only thing I got from them, said Virbitsky. But I did get invited.

After he left Happy Valley, he headed to Chestnut Hill to check out the campus of another of his favorite schools: Boston College. The Eagles have yet to offer, but seem very interested in Virbitsky as an offensive line prospect.

"Right now I'm on my way back from Boston College," he said on Monday. "It was pretty nice; it was a nice school. The campus was really nice and the coaches seemed really nice."

The junior currently holds two scholarship offers, and he is receiving a bevy of interest from teams around the MAC. He said that right now he has one clear-cut leader.

"Right now Akron is it, because they're the best school that has offered so far," said Virbitsky. "I have an offer from Buffalo, too, but Akron is higher up than Buffalo."

"I was pretty interested in Boston College, but I haven't gotten an offer from them yet. Temple has been sending stuff."

College coaches have found Virbitsky's versatility attractive, as some teams are recruiting him as a tight end, others as a defensive end, and still others as an offensive lineman. He said that they believe that he can still add weight to his frame and grow into an interior lineman.

Virbitsky plays tight end, defensive end and defensive tackle for the Chiefs. As a junior, he caught seven passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs' run-oriented offense, and added 75 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on the defensive side of the ball.

The Chiefs finished the season 12-2, and made it all the way to the state quarterfinals before losing to eventual state champion Wilson.

He also plays basketball and runs track for Lakeland.


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