John Fieger pleased with PITT offer

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. The Panthers are hoping towering tackle John Fieger (6-foot-6 inches, 275 pounds) from Upper Perkiomen High School in Pennsburg, PA is one of them. Read on for his comments on his recent scholarship offer.

"I went into Pitt's camp hoping to land a scholarship offer. When Coach (Dave) Wannstedt called me into his office to officially offer me, I was simply thrilled," stated offensive tackle John Fieger (6-foot-6 inches, 275 pounds). "I'm extremely excited right now."

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 Panthers are at the very top of my list. I still owe it to a few schools to take a look at them. I know I'm going to visit Connecticut, Rutgers and Virginia. It's going to be interesting. I'm going to visit three schools in three days. We'll see how the visits turn out."

"I'm going to see who offers at that time and make a decision. Right now, the Panthers are looking really good. I love it there. My visits should be over by the end of June. It looks like I'll be finished by June 27th. A decision should come shortly after that."

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.

"Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach (Paul) Dunn are great, straight forward guys. I have grown really comfortable with the staff. My decision will come within the next few weeks and the Panthers will be hard to beat."

NOTE: I attended camp on Saturday and spent a great deal of time watching Fieger. He is a legitimate 6-foot-6 inches tall and currently weighs around 280 pounds. He has the frame to easily carry over 300 pounds. Despite his large frame, he's highly athletic and performed well during the one on one drills.

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