Focus '08: Mark Wickware
Recruiting Update
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jul 22, 2007


Cherry Hill, N.J., native Mark Wickware is now fully recovered from a torn labrum and is ready to pack on the pounds and go hunting in search of his first scholarship offer his season year. While it seems at this point that Wickware is nearly guaranteed a spot playing at the Division I-AA level he could pop up on the radar at higher levels with a solid year

Mark Wickware, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound outside linebacker from Cherry Hill-East High School suffered a setback that forced him to stop lifting for several months, but is now battling back and recently hit the camp circuit at a number of different schools. We talked to him about his experience so far at camp and also got his head coach’s thoughts on what kind of player Wickware is.

“I camped at Temple, Rutgers, New Hampshire and attended a seven-on-seven tournament at Lehigh recently,” Wickware said. “Rutgers said they will be watching me as a senior, but right now I am not what they are looking for, so I do appreciate the honesty obviously. When I went to Lehigh yesterday for the tournament the coaching staff said they were very impressed with me and would definitely be in close contact going forward into my senior year.”

As for Temple and New Hampshire, the Cherry Hill prospect was able to expand a bit more on his feelings about each program.

“Camp went really well at Temple, however I pulled my quadriceps really badly there toward the end of the day,” Wickware explained. “They said they are very interested, but they don’t know where I would fit on the field, so they are going to watch me as a senior to get a better feel for me. They said their main concerns right now is my lack of size and how my shoulder holds up, so I have been cleared to hit the weights again and plan to put on the pounds. My shoulder feels stronger then it ever did, so I have absolutely zero concern about that issue. I liked all of the coaches I met at Temple a lot as they seemed like really good guys and they have a great business school, which is my preferred major. It also helps that Philadelphia is a major media market and is close to home, so my parents could come see me play.”

“I ran really well at New Hampshire and the staff told me that if I do well in my first two games this season I can expect a scholarship offer,” Wickware stated. “I loved it there because it had a small town feel to it and they offer very solid academics. The staff was very honest with me which was impressive and you can just see that they are really focused on winning at New Hampshire.”

Wickware’s head coach John Iannucci had some words to say about his prized linebacker and his impact on their program as well.

“Mark has the first step of a player that runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and in 32 years of coaching he ranks up there amongst the five best defensive players I have ever had. There is no such thing as a dead play to him and he goes until the whistle blows. His first step plus the tenacity he plays with gives him an uncanny ability to rush the passer and make big plays.”

As a junior, Wickware posted 60 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and ten sacks on his way to earning first-team All-South Jersey, All-Conference and All-Group IV honors. He carries a 3.0 core GPA and scored a 1030 on his SAT. His max strength numbers are 270 on the bench, 435 on the squat and a 270-pound hang clean.


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