DeCicco comments on Pitt practice

University of Pittsburgh Class of 2007 commitment Dom DeCicco recently attended one of the Panthers practices at the UPMC Sports Complex on the South Side. The versatile athlete spent time a great deal of time with the Panthers defensive backs and wide receivers. He recently spoke with the about his observations.

"I really enjoyed Pitt practice, I learned a lot," stated talented athlete Dom DeCicco (6-foot-3 inches, 200 pounds) from Thomas Jefferson High School in Clairton, PA.

"I spent time with Coach (Paul) Rhoades and sat in on the meeting with the defensive backs," he said. "I didn't understand a lot of the terminology but I learned a lot about technique and some of their formations."

DeCicco chose the Panthers over Arizona State, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Indiana and Vanderbilt. Big East Analyst Bob Lichtenfels ranks Dom the 17th best player in the state of Pennsylvania (pre-season).

"I thought the team looked pretty good and they're going to surprise some people this year. I can't wait to be part of it. I attended practice with my teammate Lucas Nix."

Lucas Nix, brother of freshman linebacker Nate Nix, happens to be one of the top juniors in Western Pennsylvania. According to DeCicco, the 6-foot-4 inch, 275 pound man-child is taking a strong look at the Panthers. "I don't want to speak for Lucas, but he's heavily considering Pitt," he said. "It help that Nate and myself are going to be at Pitt."

"The coaching staff still doesn't have a set position for me. That's fine with me; I don't mind being labeled an athlete," he said. "Coach (Aubrey) Hill came up to me and told me he was going to fight to get me. Some of the defensive coaches told me the same thing."

DeCicco was asked if he preferred offensive or defense and he quickly replied, "I'm really open right now. I could see myself playing wide receiver or safety. If I grow a lot more before my freshman year, I could develop into a linebacker."

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