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Thomas Jefferson’s Staudt to play linebacker at Clarion |

Thomas Jefferson’s Staudt to play linebacker at Clarion

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Adam Staudt displays the WPIAL Class AAA championship trophy last season following the Thomas Jefferson football team's stirring 20-7 victory over Central Valley at Heinz Field.

Thomas Jefferson senior Adam Staudt plans to continue his athletic/academic career at Clarion University.

Staudt, who was an integral member of the 2015 WPIAL championship football team at TJ, is planning to major in business management.

“I chose Clarion because it’s a great business school, it’s close to home, the coaches seemed to really like me, and I have many friends who are attending Clarion, as well,” Staudt said.

The 5-foot-10, 215-pound Staudt was recruited to play a linebacker position by the Golden Eagles.

“He will be an excellent addition to their program,” Bill Cherpak, Thomas Jefferson’s head coach, said. “He is physically and mentally tough, a great leader, and has an unbelievable work ethic. I look for him to contribute early up there.”

Clarion coach Chris Weibel and his staff leaned heavily on defense in this year’s recruiting class, with 12 first-year players entering the program recruited to play defense.

“Adam is a sideline-to-sideline player with tremendous closing speed and great hitting ability,” Weibel said.

Staudt, an all-conference selection at linebacker, led the Jaguars’ defense in tackles last season.

He finished with 112 total tackles (81 unassisted), four sacks and one interception, which he returned 30 yards for a touchdown against Trinity.

Ray Fisher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or

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