Fieger ready to impress

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt would like to add four to five large bodies to protect blue-chip quarterback recruit Pat Bostick. A towering prospect from the eastern half of Pennsylvania has his eyes on the Panthers and hopes to impress this summer. Read on for details.

"My father and I are going to visit a number of schools this summer. Most of the schools we're going to visit are from the Big East," stated towering offensive tackle prospect John Fieger (6-foot-6 inches, 270 pounds) from Upper Perkiomen High School in Pennsburg, PA. "We're going to visit Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Syracuse, Connecticut, Rutgers and probably Virginia."

Fieger has been a two-year starter for the 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.

"The schools I'm hearing from the most are Pitt, Michigan, Virginia, Rutgers and Connecticut. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach (Paul) Dunn were at my high school not that long ago. They spoke to my coach about me."

Fieger is capable of bench pressing 300 pounds, squatting 475 pounds and running the forty-yard dash in 5.0 seconds. Defensive line coach Greg Gattuso has been his primary recruiter. He has a lengthy 6-foot-6 inch frame capable of adding 25 to 30 pounds with ease. John projects as an offensive tackle due to his height, wingspan, feet and athletic ability.

"I'm looking to go to a school where the coaches have a solid relationship with their players. I have to feel comfortable with them. I want to major in sports management, so I want to see if the schools I'm looking at offer those courses. Eventually I would like to be an agent. The campus life, dorms and things like that are important as well."

"I thought Pitt was great when I visited. I really enjoyed the basketball game and the energy in the arena."

"I like the Panthers quite a bit. They are one of my top schools. I'm going to their summer camp and it would be great to walk away with an offer."

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