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May 14, 2010Michigan 2010 signee Jordan Paskorz has one eye on his Ann Arbor arrival date but one eye is also transfixed on the task at hand - winning the Pennsylvania state title in the shot put event. Paskorz has qualified for state's AAA finals May 28 with a throw of 53-8 but knows he will have to improve his toss to win a championship
Last year's AAA champion threw it 64 feet, but the top four shot-put performers from last year graduated and the best toss in the state this year is only 55-5.
"I think I'd have to throw it at least 55 feet to have a chance," said Paskorz, who focuses on football three days a week. "The program Michigan sent me fits in pretty easily with track so I've been able to do both.
"Compared to what I used to do, Michigan's plan is a lot more explosion, more flexibility. I used to lift just to lift, without maybe a solid game plan, but theirs is very organized and it's easier to follow."
Paskorz has put on 11 pounds since his Signing-Day weight of 225 pounds. The 6-3 defender is also becoming more familiar with what he will be tasked with next year.
"The coaches told me they see me coming in as a SAM linebacker, on the strongside," he said. "They said it's the role Craig Roh plays now but unfortunately when I came up for the spring game they told me after the game so I didn't get a chance to focus in on it.
"But I'm glad that's where they're thinking because it's very similar to what I've done my entire career and it's what I feel comfortable with."
Hampton High School's final class is June 8 with graduation set for June 11. Paskorz will make his way west to Ann Arbor before June 26.
"I committed back during my junior year so it's been a long time and I'm just really excited that it's only a few more weeks away," he said.