Panthers making a statement

Dave Wannstedt stated he wanted a more balanced offense, he wanted to run more. Pittsburgh then signs one of the top RB classes in the country.

He said he wanted to recruit Western Pennsylvania better; the Panthers now have three verbal pledges from its own territory. Wannstedt likes big linemen that can move, he just received a verbal pledge from his second of the class of 2006. He received his offer on Thursday and discussed his options with his parents. Then on Saturday, Murrysville (Pa.) Franklin Regional defensive tackle John Malecki, 6-3 and 270 pounds, had seen enough it was decision time. The Pittsburgh Panthers received their third verbal pledge at their annual blue chip junior day.

"I liked Pittsburgh since I was a little kid," Malecki said. "I talked it over with my parents once I got the offer, we then got the invite to come down Saturday and I committed to coach Wannstedt."

Pittsburgh was Malecki's lone offer, but he had caught the attention of several programs. He was receiving interest from Tennessee, West Virginia, Penn State, Indiana, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.

"I did attend a junior day at Tennessee, but I liked Pittsburgh better," Malecki said. "I was invited to a junior day at Penn State, but it was Saturday the same day as Pitt's."

Malecki earned All-Conference honors last season as an offensive and defensive tackle. He registered 76 tackles, 54 solo, 21 tackles for loss, and seven sacks.

Malecki was very impressed by Saturday practice at Pittsburgh.

"Everything was so well organized, everything was so precise down to the second," Malecki said. "The practice was intense I was getting pumped up just watching it."

Malecki has been invited to the Army All-American Regional Combine at Akron, May 28^th .

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