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May 14, 2010

Jordan Paskorz benefiting from Michigan workouts

Michigan 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.


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