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Pitt commit Malecki talks Panthers

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After committing last week, defensive tackle John Malecki out of Murrysville (Pa.) Franklin Regional had a little more to say about the Pittsburgh Panthers, his new team.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder with an impressive 4.9-second 40-yard dash time got offered last Thursday and committed on Saturday.
What made Pittsburgh stand out?
"I don't know what really made them stand out," he said. "I went to Tennessee's junior day and they are another one of the top college's around, but I decided since I was a Pitt fan since I was little, they were the top school for me.
"The facilities there are all top of the line and what really impressed me was the coaches who made me feel welcome and a part of the program. It made me feel like you're at home at Pittsburgh you're at home and Pittsburgh's where I wanted to go."
As for what position he'll play for Dave Wannstedt, it looks like defensive tackle is where he's at.
"They've already told me defensive tackle," he said. "I love defense and I've always been a defensive kind of person. I'd prefer defense if I'd have to pick one."
Malecki is definitely looking forward to being at Pitt for the next few years.
"Pittsburgh is looking real good for the next couple years," Malecki said. "Coach Wannstedt is bringing in a lot of good recruits and striving to be the best and that's what a good football program is looking like."
The defensive tackle prospect is also getting ready now and over the next season to play for Pittsburgh.
"I have some camps coming up like Pittsburgh's Adidas Camp and the Metro Sports Camp at West Virginia," he said. "I'm also watching some of their practices and taking notes on how they are playing now."
Malecki will easily qualify with a 3.4 GPA and 1,090 SAT.
Last season, he posted 76 tackles, 21 for loss and seven sacks as he was first team all-greater Allegheny Conference on offense and defense.
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