2010 Scouting Report: Eyeing the starting assignment at tight end after lettering as a reserve last year...boasts excellent size in addition to soft hands...pass catching skills rank among the team's best.
2009: Served as an understudy to senior starters Nate Byham and Dorin Dickerson...played in 11 games, making one start (Syracuse)...saw time in Pitt's "jumbo set" in short yardage or goal line situations...lone reception of the year was a two-yard touchdown catch to put Pitt up 7-0 against USF.
2008: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: Three-year starter on both sides of the ball for Bishop McCort...had 11 receptions for 242 yards (22.0 avg.) and five touchdowns his senior year...as a defensive lineman, compiled 43 tackles and three sacks...had a successful senior season despite coming off a significant knee injury late in his junior year...played the final three games of his junior campaign with a torn ACL and MCL...posted career receiving numbers of 43 catches for 572 yards (13.3 avg.) and 12 TDs...defensively had 117 tackles and 12 sacks for his career...Tribune-Democrat All-Area Team...rated No. 71 on Scout's East Top 100 list...rated Pennsylvania's No. 17 prospect by SuperPrep, No. 20 by Keystone Recruiting, No. 21 by Rivals and No. 29 by Scout...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...considered one of the country's top 30 tight end prospects by Rivals...led Bishop McCort to one of its most successful three-year periods in school history...team went 32-7 (.821) during Cruz's three varsity seasons, including two district championships and a pair of PIAA playoff berths...played under Coach Ken Salem...selected to play in the PSFCA East-West All-Star Game...was also a two-year letterman in basketball.
Personal: Michael D'Angelo Cruz, born 6/7/90, is the son of Martha and James Bernard...has one brother and twin sisters...administration of justice major.
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