Upper St. Clair OG Ian Park gives oral declaration to Northwestern
Written by: Josh Funk on Friday, May 6th, 2011
The first of Upper St. Clair’s potential Division-1 prospects have given an oral declaration of where he will continue playing football.
Ian Park, a 6’4, 300-pound offensive guard for the Panthers, has given an oral declaration to Northwestern, making the decision yesterday, according to national recruiting service Scout.com.
In addition to Northwestern, Park held verbal scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Maryland, Pitt, Syracuse, Toledo, Vanderbilt and West Virginia, according to Scout.com. Scout and Rivals.com also list schools showing interest but not yet having extended an offer as Auburn, Connecticut, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Penn State. Earlier in his recruiting process, Boston College and Wisconsin also had expressed interest in Park.
Scout.com ranks Park as the 34th-best offensive guard in the 2012 recruiting class. Park is one of three Pennsylvania guards among Scout’s top-35 athletes at that position – Archbishop Wood’s Frank Taylor is 10th and Lancaster Catholic’s Adam DePietro is 17th.
In addition to Park, Upper St. Clair also boasts potential Division-1 prospects in TE/DE Jack Schwaba and QB/LB Dakota Conwell.
Park was part of a Panthers’ offensive line that helped to pave the way for an offense that averaged 299.8 yards (216.5. rushing, 83.3 passing) and 24 points per game. The USC offensive arsenal included five backs with between 215 to 1,085 rushing yards and a 910-yard passer. The Panthers scored 32 total offensive touchdowns (25 rushing, 7 passing).
Upper St. Clair finished 8-3 in 2010, reaching the WPIAL AAAA quarterfinals before falling to North Hills, 16-14.
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