John Fieger – "Pitt is it"

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 verbally committed to the Panthers this morning. Read on for details.

"My father and I were down at Pitt yesterday. We went around with Tyler Tkach from the 2006 class and looked at the campus. Coach (Paul) Dunn was with us as well," stated John Fieger (6-foot-5 inches, 285 pounds) from Upper Perkiomen High School in Pennsburg, PA. "My father and I took a second trip around and I just realized that Pitt was the place for me. I decided to find Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and commit to the Panthers."

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.

"I went to camps at Connecticut and Rutgers. Neither school felt right to me. Virginia wanted me to visit and told me their probably would be an offer for me. They weren't taking tackles and I believe they were thinking of me as a guard. I didn't want to waste their time and mine."

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 can't wait to work with Coach (Paul) Dunn. He knows so much about the game he's only going to make me improve as a player. He's friend with Steelers' offensive line coach Russ Grimm and between the two of them, how could I go wrong?"

"I'm very excited to be a Pitt Panther. I'm glad the decision is over with and I can focus on improving and helping my team win."

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