Dom DeCicco Talks About Bearcats Offer

With the clock ticking down before the end of the spring evaluation period coaches are hitting high schools across the country handing out offers and looking for players to make their program better. Mark Dantonio is no different as high school players have reported the Bearcats head coach in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

One school Coach Dantonio made a stop at and handed out two offers was Thomas Jefferson High School (Clairton, PA). One player rumored to be getting the attention of the Bearcats coaching staff was Dom DeCicco, but while the offer to DeCicco was handed out it was another offer that surprised DeCicco. "Coach Dantonio and Coach Tressel offered me today but they also offered my teammate Chris Drager (TE/DE) while at school."

While we didn't get a chance to speak with Drager, we did talk with DeCicco to get his feelings about Cincinnati and his newest offer.

Bearcat Insider: You received an offer from Cincinnati today, do you have interest in the Bearcats?

Dom DeCicco: I've heard good things about Cincinnati and I will consider them.

Bearcat Insider: I spoke with Bob Lichtenfels about you as a player. He said your high school coach played at Pitt and you hold a Pitt offer. Would they be your front runner right now?

Dom DeCicco: It's too early to say. Getting offered by Pittsburgh was exciting and I have a good feeling about them, but I'm looking to take some visits this spring and summer to get more of a feel of each program I'm looking at.

Bearcat Insider: How many offers do you have at this time and do you have them in any order?

Dom DeCicco: I've got five offers right now. (UC, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Akron, Temple) I don't have them in any order at this time but I'll be looking hard at Indiana, Cincinnati and Pitt.

Bearcat Insider: When are you looking to make a commitment?

Dom DeCicco: I'm going to take as many visits as I can this summer and if I find the right school I would like to commit before the year starts.

Bearcat Insider: Scout has you listed as a cornerback, what position is college coaches talking with you about playing in college and what position would you like to play?

Dom DeCicco: Some schools like Cincinnati see me as a receiver or a safety, but others talk with me about being an outside linebacker or safety. Pitt is telling me they see me as a tight end or linebacker. I would like to play receiver or safety but have no problem playing any of the positions.

Bearcat Insider: What camps are you looking at heading to this summer?

Dom DeCicco: I'm not really looking to camp at any one school right now. I'll have to wait and see.

Bearcat Insider: You've performed very well the last two years at the Combines, do you feel they helped you?

Dom DeCicco: I feel they've helped me see how I compare with other players. I like the competition and I've done well at them.

Bearcat Insider: What goals do you have for yourself this fall?

Dom DeCicco: I want to win state again. We won state when I was a sophomore and were district champs last year. But I want to win another state title as a senior.

Bearcat Insider: What are you looking for in a program?

Dom DeCicco: I'm looking for education and a winning program. I also want to go to a place I feel comfortable at and get along with the coaches.

Bearcat Insider: We thank you for taking the time and talking with us about your UC offer and wish you the best.

Dom DeCicco: Thank you.

While there are many ties to the Pitt program at Dom's high school he seems to have an open mind about the recruiting process. Before I had the chance to speak with Dom about his offer I spoke with East Coast Recruiting Analyst Bob Lichtenfels about what type of player he is. Bob had the following to say.

"Dom is one of the best athletes in the country. He's performed well in two Scout combines and was one of the best we tested in the L-cone drill in the country. I would have to rank him as one of the Top 10 kids we've seen, and is one of the top 20 prospects in Pennsylvania. While he's listed as a corner I feel he many grow out of that position and be more of a safety or outside backer. If he would be moved to backer he would create problems because of his cover ability. I watched him cover Dorin Dickerson (West Allegheny / Pitt recruit) last season with no problem at all."

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