DeCicco ready to make an impact

The University of Pittsburgh recently solidified one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. One of the top defensive players to sign with the Panthers was standout safety Dom DeCicco from Thomas Jefferson High School in Clairton, PA. The spoke with him about his future.

"Letter of intent day was nothing but excitement for me. I couldn't wait to fax my letter to the Pitt coaching staff," stated blue-collar safety prospect Dom DeCicco (6-foot-3 inches, 210 pounds) from Thomas Jefferson High School in Clairton, PA. "I sent my fax in around 10:30 and Coach (Dave) Wannstedt called me shortly after. He told me the staff had a list of players in mind that can make an impact next year. My name was on that list." ranks DiCicco the 18th best safety prospect in the nation and a "four-star" recruit. He was considered one of the most diverse athletes in the state of Pennsylvania.

"I really don't know the players the Pitt has at safety. I simply know that I'm going to do everything possible to get onto the field and play. I've lost weight right now due to basketball. I'm probably around 200 lbs. I'm going to hit the weight room right after basketball season. My goal is to get to Pitt weighing around 215 pounds."

DeCicco switched from wide receiver to quarterback for his senior season. He rushed and passed for over 1,000 yards. He was named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State Team (second team), the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review Terrific 25.

Lucas Nix (6-foot-5 inches, 285 pounds), brother of freshman linebacker Nate Nix, happens to be one of the top juniors in Western Pennsylvania. According to DeCicco, he plans on recruiting his jumbo sized friend.

"Lucas and I are very good friends," Dom said. "He knows I want him to come to Pitt. Lucas has told me he really likes the Panthers. Heck, he went with me for my official visit. I'm going to try to get him to commit to Pitt."

When DiCicco was asked about his strengths from the safety position, he stated, "I'm a passionate player that loves the game of football. I'm smart on the field, I have speed and I'm a hard nosed player that likes to hit. There's nothing fancy about me. I'm a throw back football player that likes to hit and likes to win."

Dom led Thomas Jefferson High School to the WPIAL Class AAA championship and the semifinals of the PIAA playoffs with a 14-1 record his senior year. He's capable of running a 4.6 forty-yard dash.

"I'm very excited about joining the Panthers. I want to get there and work as hard as I can to get onto the field."

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