OLNEY, Md. – Ranked as the No. 7 strong-side defensive end in the country on 247Sports.com, Joshua Paschal is a hot commodity in the 2017 class. Last Tuesday, that commodity grew even hotter.
Paschal picked up an offer from Pittsburgh on August 11, pushing his offer sheet to six schools so far. According to the coveted defensive lineman, this was an offer that caught him off guard.
“I was surprised because I never really had a chance to talk to the coaches,” Paschal told Today’s U. “My brother was being recruited by them before, but I was surprised to be offered by them. I’m a little bit [familiar] with them, but not much at all.”
The 6’4”, 255-pound prospect says he will “definitely take a visit”, but will have to work out a specific date with his parents. Still, it is an intriguing school that has quickly entered the mix.
In terms of other programs catching his eye, Paschal holds offers from Ohio State, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia, Iowa, Clemson and Virginia Tech. Adding these offers has been a part of a busy summer for Paschal that included several unofficial visits to schools across the country.
“It’s been going good with football,” said Paschal. “I went to the Virginia Tech camp and I took a couple visits to West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Maryland and Kentucky.”
Paschal touched on each of these visits, recapping his time at each prospective school.
“With the Ohio State visit, the coaches weren’t there because they were out of town,” said Paschal. “They were with their families before football camp started.”
Kentucky, however, impressed the four-star recruit who has been on campus numerous times thus far.
“At Kentucky, that went really well,” said Paschal. “I’ve been there a lot, about six or seven times, so I’ve seen everything. But this was my first time seeing the stadium and that was really nice. They treated me like family as always.”
Comfortability is an important factor in choosing a school, and West Virginia helped itself reach that point with a cross-campus tour and trip around the program’s football facilities.
“At West Virginia, that went good,” said Paschal. “We got a chance to take a tour around the school and a chance to look at the football field and everything.”
During his trip to the Hokies’ campus, Paschal was greeted by a familiar face, which marks as an added plus for the school.
“At Virginia Tech, that was cool because I saw one of my old teammates and we took a tour around Virginia Tech as well,” said Paschal.
Most schools are interested in the highly-ranked pass rusher thanks to his ability to disrupt opposing backfield. This is a trait that shows itself early and often on Paschal’s sophomore highlight tape.
“I’m quick off the ball and I like to use my power to bull rush and to get people out of my way,” said Paschal. “I also like to speed rush, but that’s one of the new things I’m trying to do.”
Like most prospects, Paschal is focused on his upcoming season with tunnel vision, one that he hopes will end with a state title for his Good Counsel team.
“As a team I would like to win a championship and go undefeated,” said Paschal. “An individual goal for me would be to have double digit sacks this year.”