April 10, 2006

WVU among those pursuing Stupar

For multi-offered junior prospect Nathan "Nate" Stupar, whenever he wants to come visit West Virginia unofficially, all he has to do is call on his uncle for accommodations.

That's because Stupar's (6-2, 220. 4.61) uncle is the inimitable Jeff Hostetler, who starred for the Mountaineers at quarterback from 1982-83 before going off to play for the New York Giants, L.A./Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins in the National Football League.

Hostetler, who is brother to Nate's Mom, Cher, returned to Morgantown for good after his pro days were done. He is married to the daughter of former WVU Coach Don Nehlen and has run several businesses in the Morgantown area.

So much for his mother's line of the family. The outside linebacker's paternal pedigree is awe-inspiring too. Nate, a rising senior at State College (Pa.) High School, has a brother, John, who is a tight end at Virginia. Stupar's father, Steve, was a defensive tackle at Penn State and his grandfather was a tight end at Tennessee.

This week Nate's cousin, Justin Hostetler, decided to come to WVU in the fall as an invited walk-on.

For a family of such high achievement, what happens when they get together?

"When we get together, we play basketball at Jeff's house," Stupar said Friday, "it can get pretty vicious. That's all I'm going to say about it."

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