October 12, 2008

Three-star TE makes his choice

Jefferson Hills (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson tight end Brock DeCicco was one of the last highly rated prospects from Pennsylvania in the Class of 2009 that had not yet made his college decision.

That changed on Sunday, when the three-star prospect made a trip to Pitt to tell the coaching staff that he wanted to end the recruiting process and become a Panther.

"Yes, I committed to Pitt. It was about a half an hour ago," he confirmed just after 6PM. "We just drove up there for the practice and to talk about Coach Wannstedt a little bit. I told them I was committing. It just felt like the right time.

"The more I looked around at other schools the more I knew Pitt is the right place for me."

DeCicco said he is a solid verbal and does not anticipate taking visits to any other schools.

Before committing to the Panthers, DeCicco had received offers from schools like Iowa, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Maryland, Miami, Cincinnati, UConn and Illinois.

His brother, Dom DeCicco, is a defensive back for Pitt. That connection made his decision a bit easier.

"I've been there a bunch of times for practices and things like that," he explained. "I've been to a couple of the games already. It helps to have him there because I know a lot of the players and feel comfortable with them.

"I've talked a lot with the tight ends Nate Bynum and Dorin Dickerson. I'm close with tight ends' coach Angelichio and Bob Junko. I've basically been told they plan on using me just like the guys they have right now."

On the year DeCicco has scored six touchdowns for Thomas Jefferson. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end is rated the No. 12 senior prospect in the Keystone State and the No. 16 tight end in the nation.

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