Thomas Jefferson athlete talks Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh ventured to Thomas Jefferson High School to successfully recruit standout 2006 linebacker Nate Nix. It appears the Panthers will once again pursue a defensive standout from the same school.

"I have no favorites right now, but Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Iowa, Tennessee and Georgia are my favorites," stated standout athlete Dom DeCicco (6-ft-3 inches, 195 pounds) from Thomas Jefferson High School in Clairton, PA.

DeCicco has been a three year starter. He is capable of running a 4.6 forty-yard dash and bench pressing 300 pounds. Dom is capable of playing wide receiver, safety and cornerback on the next level. He indicated that most schools seem to prefer him at safety.

"I think I would rather play receiver but most school believe I will play safety. It doesn't matter. I like defense as well," he said. "I think I bring a lot to the safety position. I have a good nose for the ball, I'm a hard hitter and I can read the quarterback. For the last two years I have played cornerback. I can translate those skills to safety and cover wide receivers."

DeCicco and future Pitt Panther Nate Nix happen to be close friends. When asked if he has already been influenced by Nix, he quickly replied, "Oh yes, he wants me to come to Pitt if they offer. We had a basketball scrimmage today against Duquesne High School. I spoke with Nate and Elijah Fields about Pitt. They talked about Pitt in the future and how good they can be. It was a good conversation."

"I guess I would point out early playing time as a key factor for me. I want to step in and get some playing time. Nate and Elijah both told me they came to Pitt because they like what's going on there and they felt they could make an impact. I would like to do the same."

DeCicco is scheduled to attend the Panthers junior day on February 25th and the All-American combine on March 4th at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex.

"I like Pitt. It's so early I can't say they are ahead of anyone but I'm definitely interested in them. Nate and I are close and having him there helps them. I look forward to visiting and getting to know their staff better."

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