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Villanova Football Recruiting: P.J. Szymanski announces commitment

The local offensive lineman becomes the latest 2018 recruit to commit to ‘Nova.

NCAA Football: Villanova at Temple Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, Villanova Football picked up another big commitment. This time, it’s from an offensive lineman with local roots and a family tradition of playing on the gridiron.

Central Bucks East High School (Pa.) stand-out P.J. Szymanski announced via twitter that he will attend Villanova and play football for head coach Mark Ferrante.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound left guard completed his final high school season as a two-year captain and EasternPAFootball.com’s First Team All-State honors. In 2016, he was selected to the Suburban One League Continental Conference First Team after earning Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2015.

His two older brothers, Bryan and Blake, both played on East’s offensive line, while his father played football at Virginia.

Szymanski’s strengths include his mobility, run-blocking, tenacity and strength. He likes to get after it, and loves to lay down a big hit. He’s also an asset on pass plays, and never allowed a single sack as a junior.

Considering the depth chart for when Szymanski arrives at ‘Nova this fall, the Wildcats are pretty congested upfront. They do graduate Matt Donoghue, a captain and starter, but for the most part, they’ll bring back a number of players and experience at the O-Line. And that doesn’t even include the other fellow linemen that will come in with Szymanski.