Panthers lead for PA Offensive Tackle

University of Pittsburgh hosted 30 blue-chip recruits this weekend. Offensive line remains a strong area of need for the Panthers. A talented and athletic lineman from eastern Pennsylvania was amongst the visitors. The talked with him about his weekend visit.

"I really liked attending Pitt's spring practice. It was a tough, physical practice," stated towering offensive tackle prospect John Fieger (6-foot-6 inches, 270 pounds) from Upper Perkiomen High School in Pennsburg, PA.

Fieger has been a two-year starter for Indians. He has played offensive tackle, defensive tackle, defensive end and long snapper. Upper Perkiomen High School finished with an 8-3 overall record last season.

"I was able to talk with the coaches. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt told me they would be looking for me. I spoke with Coach (Paul) Dunn and a few others. They told me they didn't offer me yet because most of the others they saw at their summer camp."

John was asked if he planned on attending the Panthers' summer camp based on the information conveyed to him by the coaching staff, he replied, "Yes, I plan on going to camp and performing well."

Pittsburgh and West Virginia appear to be recruiting Fieger that hardest at this point. Iowa, Purdue, Virginia and Penn State have been in close contact. "I like Pitt and WVU. They are recruiting me harder than some of the other schools right now. If I had to pick a top school, it would be Pitt. They are my favorite," he said.

Fieger is capable of bench pressing 280 pounds, squatting 475 pounds and running a 5.0 forty-yard dash. Defensive line coach Greg Gattuso has been his primarily recruiter.

John is currently 6-foot-6 inches tall and 270 pounds. He has a frame capable of holding an additional 20 to 30 pound with ease. Fieger projects as an offensive tackle due to his height, wingspan, feet and athletic ability.

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