Quick Feet, Soft Hands

Quick Feet, Soft Hands

Mark Wedderburn, the heavily recruited tight end from Springfield, Pa., said he favors Penn State slightly over Miami, Louisville, Rutgers and Pittsburgh - and all five have offered. He also has offers from Illinois, Boston College, Temple and Virginia. He will be attending the Penn State Junior Day on Saturday, March 24.

Mark Wedderburn, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end from O'Hara High School in Springfield (Pa.) finished his junior season with 24 catches for 354 yards and five touchdowns.

"I have quick feet and good concentration on the ball," Wedderburn said. "I have soft hands, but love to hit people. I can take advantage of most cornerbacks and linebackers because I'm fast and tall.

"I really want to improve my blocking skills. I'm just an average blocker," he said. "I'm also working on getting stronger and improving my leg strength. I can bench about 305 pounds and squat 340 pounds."

Wedderburn also has a 34-inch vertical jump and runs a 4.6 40.

He said he favors Penn State slightly over Miami, Louisville, Rutgers and Pittsburgh - and all five have offered. He also has offers from Illinois, Boston College, Temple and Virginia. He will be attending the Penn State Junior Day on Saturday, March 24.

"I grew up liking Penn State," Wedderburn said. "I've always like their tradition and I like how Joe Pa (head coach Joe Paterno) has produced a lot of great athletes and sent a lot of guys to the NFL."

Another reason that Wedderburn has always liked the Nittany Lions is because his brother, Floyd Wedderburn, played there in the mid-90's. "I loved waking up early and going to his game," Mark said. "It was just an incredible feeling to be hanging out with the players and coaches and getting to be in the locker room. Those are some of my best memories."

The Nittany Lions are only three hours from his house and Wedderburn admits that it's a small factor. "I'd prefer to stay close," he said. "But it's not going to stop me from getting away. I'll go far if I feel it's right."

Wedderburn has already attended the Rutgers Junior Day and is also planning on going to the Scout.com combine in New Jersey on April 15. "I like coach Greg Schiano a lot," he said. "He's a great guy and he's really cool with his players and staff. He's very out-going and everybody likes him. I also really like the facilities at Rutgers," Wedderburn said. "They impressed me a lot.

"I'm looking for a program where I can get my degree and help me in the long run," he said. "If I don't make it big in the NFL I want to have something to fall back on. I know Miami has a good tradition of producing great NFL athletes and I like how they utilize their tight ends.

"I haven't really had a chance to talk to their new coaches yet, but I think they'll do well and that they'll bring the program back up."

He reports a 3.2 core GPA, but hasn't scheduled the SAT or ACT yet.

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