Dispels All Of The Rumors

There have been many rumors circulating about the son of John Pelusi, the starting center on Pitt's 1976 national champion squad. We have heard he doesn't want to go to Pitt. Pitt has no shot…etc. The easiest way to quell any rumor is to go straight to the source and ask him, that's just what Scout.com did recently. Here is the story straight from John Pelusi Jr.

After having surgery on an injured hip flexor this summer, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (PA) tight end/defensive end John Pelusi (6-4, 235, 4.7) is finally at 100% and feeling good.

"I couldn't do anything up until about 2 weeks before the season opener, I didn't feel good until the Connellsville game during week four," said Pelusi

With two weeks remaining in the regular season the Vikings appear ready to defend their PIAA Western Pennsylvania Class AAAA championship. The (7-0) Vikings are poised and ready to settle some unfinished business.

"Last year when we lost to North Penn in the state championship game that left a bad taste in our mouths."

Pelusi has received six scholarship offers to date from Boston College, Connecticut, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Stanford, and West Virginia. Pelusi's father John Sr. played on the national championship Pittsburgh team in 1976. John Jr. also has a sister Jamie who is a junior goalkeeper on the Pittsburgh women's soccer team. Does that give the Panthers an edge?

"I grew up with everything Pitt, I like them but I want to take my time and get a chance to see what else is out there."

How about the published reports that say that you will not even consider Pittsburgh?

"I have heard that, the funny thing is I have never told anyone that."

How important is it for your father that you attend Pitt?

"He has been behind me, he encourages me to get out and see what else is out there. It's not a knock against Pitt I want to see other schools before I decide where I go for the next 4-5 years."

Were you excited to see that Pitt extended an offer to your QB Shane Murray?

"Shane works very hard and I was very happy to see him get offered."

How do you feel about the way the Eugene Jarvis situation unfolded?

"I didn't care much for that, Eugene is one of my best friends and that was upsetting to him. I realize football is a business, but that doesn't make it any better."

Would it be safe to say that the many rumors about you being a lock to leave Pittsburgh are false?

"I have heard that I was going to Boston College, then it was Connecticut. Where those stories came from I have no idea. Pittsburgh is definitely among my favorites, if not the number one right now."

Obviously, everyone and their brother has an opinion of what will happen with the current Pitt staff. If there is a change how would that effect you're thought process?

"Pitt will still be Pitt to me. They have a great school, a great stadium, and outstanding facilities. They have a young team with a lot of talent."

Thanks for taking the time and talking to me John, best of luck to you and the Vikings in the playoffs.

"No problem, thank you."

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