Dom DeCicco a Panther

The University of Pittsburgh received a verbal commitment from Thomas Jefferson High School (Clairton, PA) athlete Dom DeCicco. DeCicco becomes the third player to join the Panthers 2007 recruiting class. Read on for an exclusive first interview with the new Panther!

Dom DeCicco (6-foot-3 inches, 195 pounds) from Thomas Jefferson High School in Clairton, PA is currently in Hershey, PA prepared to watch the Big 33 Football Classic. While attending the Big 33 festivities, he decided to end the recruiting process and place a call to the University of Pittsburgh.

"I committed to the Panthers today," stated DeCicco. "I'm very happy with my decision. I felt very comfortable with the coaching staff and it seems like a perfect fit. Ohio State was my second choice. Had they offered a scholarship, they would have been a contender. I'm just happy to be a Panther."

DeCicco has been a three year starter. He is capable of running a 4.6 forty-yard dash and bench pressing 300 pounds. Dom is considered one of the most versatile and athletic prospects in western Pennsylvania.

Dom was asked what position he would play at Pitt? "I spoke to Coach Dave)Wannstedt on the phone and he told me I could play wide receiver or safety. If I continue to grow, I'll end up at outside linebacker."

DeCicco chose the Panthers over Arizona State, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Indiana and Vanderbilt.

Dom was quick to state that he would take an active role as a recruiter for the Panthers. He mentioned the influence that Dorin Dickerson had on several of Pitt's class of 2006 recruiting class. "I'm going to head back down to Pitt camp and talk with the players that have scholarship offers from Pitt," said DeCicco. "I want them to join me and become Panthers."

"I'm happy with my decision and end the recruiting process. It feels great to be a Panther and represent my hometown team."

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