Hawk's Take: Brock DeCicco

Former Toledo Rocket wide receiver Andrew Hawkins grew up in a family full of Pitt fans and now he will help us analyze the Panthers class of 2009 recruits as the PantherDigest.com's new recruiting analyst.

Name:    Brock DeCicco

Rating:   ****

Height:   6'5

Weight:  230

Hometown:  Pittsburgh, Pa

High School:  Thomas Jefferson

Recruited By:  Brian Angelichio and Greg Gattuso



Brock is the younger brother of Pittsburgh safety Dom DeCicco. He continues the Thomas Jefferson high school tradition of highly touted players. Brock was a first team All-Conference selection on both sides of the ball for two consecutive years. He was a team captain for Thomas Jefferson and helped lead his team to back to back AAA State Championships. As a junior he tallied 19 rec, 393 yards, and 6 touchdowns and he was named to the 2nd team AAA All-state team. His senior year he caught 24 passes for a 22 yard average, 542 yards, and 11 touchdowns. He was rewarded by being names to the Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 and the 1st team AAA All-State team.


Scouting Analysis:


Positives: He adjusts well to the football in the air…Makes tough catches in traffic and across the middle…Has above average athleticism for a TE that will prove to be an advantage matched against linebackers…Rarely catches the football with his body and is able to stretch and extend his long arms to make the difficult catches…Redirects well and has a very quick first step…Has the ability to make the first defender miss after catching the football… Excellent at finding soft spots in the defense… Good knowledge of the game due to his family ties and high school program.


Negatives:  Has a slender frame and will need to add a lot of bulk…Position blocks a lot because he lacks upper body strength…Although he has a quick first step, he lacks great explosion to catch defenders off guard.


The Panthers version ofChicago Bears TE Greg Olsen


"What does it all mean Basil?"

Like Greg Olsen, Decicco is a pass catching machine! His style of player is used solely to create mismatches for linebackers and smaller defensive backs. He can and will be an adequate blocker, but he is first going to have to develop his body strength and mass. He has the athleticism that an offensive coordinator dreams of. He can be used in the screen game and be split out for the fade (Think the Darrell Strong play against Navy, but with a Jonathan Baldwin type of result). With next year's TE situation, which I think is more than adequate, I believe Brock is more than likely destined for a redshirt year to gain maturity. Don't be surprised if…Decicco ends up on the defensive side of the ball with his older brother. How do you stop a big, athletic TE? With a big, athletic outside linebacker.



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