Midwestern Observations

Narrowing his list of 20+ offers down to only four, Pennsylvania tight end Brock DeCicco made his first visit to the Midwest to visit three of those schools. Of his three visits over the weekend, DeCicco came away very impressed with one school in particular.

MADISON – Holding over 20 scholarship offers from the East Coast to the Midwest, Thomas Jefferson tight end Brock DeCicco was able to finally narrow his list of favorites down to four schools: Iowa, Illinois, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin.

Growing up around and doing camps at the Pittsburgh campus, DeCicco finally made his trip to the Midwest to tour his other three favorite schools. Needless to say, the farmland is vastly different than the coast.

"I visited Iowa on Friday, Wisconsin on Saturday and Illinois on Sunday," DeCicco told Badger Nation Sunday. "It was my first time in the Midwest and the Midwest is real flat. It was real different than Pittsburgh but not in a bad way."

Stopping by Iowa first, DeCicco got a guided tour by his recruiting coach, offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe, the tight end coach and got a meet and great with Coach Ferentz.

"The Iowa coaches were real helpful," DeCicco said. "I went in and talked to Coach O'Keeke, the guy who's been recruiting me, and he showed me everything. I talked to the tight end as well and talked to Coach Ferentz at the end."

Today, DeCicco swung by Champaign before catching his flight from Midway Airport. While the visit was brief, DeCicco liked what he saw from the Fighting Illini.

"I wasn't at Illinois real long, only about three hours, because they started camp today," DeCicco said. "I like my recruiting coach a lot and I really like Coach Zook."

But those other two visits fail to compare to his stop Saturday in Madison. Getting a chance to tour the campus and talk with his assistant coaches, DeCicco seems to have a new favorite among his list of four.

"I really like Madison," DeCicco lauded. "I didn't realize how much that I would like it. I talked to Coach Bielema and I liked him a lot and Coach Rudolph, my recruiting coach, is real cool. Both Coach Rudolph and I and Coach Partridge and I have a good relationship. I liked the stadium, the college town, how the city is situated between two lakes, just everything about Madison was great.

"I liked all my visits but out of my three, I really liked Wisconsin the best."

While many things stood out to DeCicco on his visit, it was the Badgers' offensive philosophy and how the tight ends are incorporated into their system.

"How Wisconsin uses their tight ends was definitely a big thing for me," DeCicco said. "Not only how they use Travis Beckum but Garrett Graham as well. They are a big combination of both blocking and catching and Beckum gets a ton of throws a game and over 60 catches a year. Whatever school I go to, I want to be involved."

Measuring in at 6-5 and weighting in at 215 pounds, DeCicco caught 19 passes for 390 yards and six touchdowns last season. On defense, he was a force off the edge recording 12 sacks. He earned First Team All-Conference and was named Second team All-State.

With all the new information he received this weekend, DeCicco is still hoping to commit in the next couple of days.

"I want to like to make my decision before my high school camp starts August 11th but I don't know if I am going to be able to," DeCicco said. "It's a hard decision, especially after this weekend. It really doesn't matter if I play close to home or far away. I would still like to try and commit next week."


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