Malecki comments on Pitt visit

Defnsive tackle John Malecki (6-ft-2 inches, 270 pounds) from Franklin Regional High School was a little known prospect prior to the 2006 football season. He developed into one of the most dominating defensive players in Western Pennsylvania. John visited Pitt over the weekend and spoke with the about his trip.

"To be honest, I have been to Pitt so many times; the visit wasn't about seeing new things. I pretty much knew what to expect," stated John Malecki. "I love it there; I knew this would be good for my parents. They were able to get a better feel for the coaches and school. I was able to hang out with future teammates."

Malecki led the Panthers to the WPIAL Class AAA and state championship. He finished the season with 108 tackles (18 for a loss) and 12 sacks. John was named first team Class AAA Associated Press All-State.

"One of my goals was to recruit the entire weekend. I spent a good bit of time trying to get Aaron Berry and Elijah Fields to come to Pitt. Elijah seemed to be leaning toward the Panthers. Aaron is a hard guy to read."

When asked about his sit down discussion with Head Coach Dave Wannstedt, he stated, "He's told me he's really excited to have me coming. Coach Wannstedt asked me to be a leader on and off the field."

Malecki remains level headed despite his stellar senior season. John was asked if he felt he could push for a starting position next season and he stated, "I just want to work hard and we'll see how things turn out. Hard work led to a great year for me and my team. Hopefully it will do the same in college."

The was able to speak with Malecki's mother Angela. She seemed very enthusiastic about the visit. "We had a great time and met some great people. After meeting the coaches and spending time with them, I think the future of the Pitt football program is in some great hand," she said. "The coaches are quality people and I feel totally comfortable leaving my son with them for four to five years. They have his best interests at heart." ranks Malecki the 30th best defensive tackle in the nation. John is considered a "four star" prospect.

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