Panthers Add Walk-On

After a whirlwind tour of over 15 D-1A schools, Hopewell K/P Anthony Piccirilli has finally found a home, not so far away from home. Piccirilli has decided to attend the University of Pittsburgh as a walk-on. He chose the Panthers over Notre Dame, UCLA, and Davidson.

"I wanted to stay relatively close to home. The new coaching staff is great, and I think I can come in and compete for a job early," Piccirilli said. "I can't think of a better time to attend the University of Pittsburgh."

Aliquippa (Pa.) Hopewell kicker/punter Anthony Piccirilli, 5-11 and 240 pounds, like most kickers found it very difficult to secure a D-1A scholarship. With a limited amount of total scholarships, most schools tend to try and get prospects to walk-on with the hope of eventually earning a scholarship.

"I wanted to stay relatively close to home. The new coaching staff is great, and I think I can come in and compete for a job early," Piccirilli said. "I can't think of a better time to attend the University of Pittsburgh."

Besides being a Panther fan, Piccirilli has developed ties to several current and future Panthers.

"I'm real good friends with Craig Bokor and I know a lot of the guys in this years class," Piccirilli said.

In 2004, Piccirilli had a 77% touchback rate on his kickoffs, he had a 43.2 yard per punt average with a net of 39.3 yards, and he kicked two field goals including a long of 44-yards.

"I feel I'm accurate from anywhere inside 50-yards off the ground," Piccirilli said.

Piccirilli earned third team Pennsylvania Football News Class AAA All-State honors, He was named first team All-Conference as a kicker and as a punter. He was selected by his team as the special teams MVP, he also earned his way onto the MSL Regional 22 team for his performance at last years Cincinnati MSL Combine.

That brings us to the question, what position will Piccirilli play for the Panthers?

"I'll try to do place kicking first, and then possibly compete for the punting duties when Adam Graessle leaves," Piccirilli said.

"Pics" is still not certain as to when exactly he'll begin his Panthers football career.

"I'm not sure if I'll red shirt or grey shirt, they said they'll decide that in August when I report," Piccirilli said.

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