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NU lands offensive line recruit

5/6/2011

Class of 2012 offensive lineman Ian Park has committed to Northwestern.

Park, who is 6-4 and 300 pounds, chose the Wildcats over interest from Cincinnati, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Toledo, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

Park has started the past two season at Upper St. Clair High School in Pennsylvania.

"He's a good kid, hard worker, tough," Upper St. Clair coach Jim Render said on Friday. "In terms of things we ask, we ask him to pull, ask him to pass protect, ask him to stretch block. He does all that stuff. He's primarily an offensive guard, but can also play center."

Being a former Northwestern player, Render shared some of his experiences with Park. Render played at Northwestern for one season in 1960-61 before transferring to a Wittenberg College in Ohio to close out his career.

"I enjoyed it," Render said of Northwestern. "I threw a touchdown pass in the spring game. I've told him it's a great place, and Chicago's fun, the lake's fun, all that stuff. Me, I'm not the one going to school. He has to be happy.

"Northwestern was a place he had a high regard for. He was getting tired of the recruiting process. He said, ‘I just assume to pull the trigger now.' He did, and both sides are happy."

Northwestern is also recruiting Park's teammate Jack Schwaba, a 6-5, 235-pound tight end. Render said the Wildcats also have a shot at Schwaba.

Northwestern now has three Class of 2012 commitments.