2010 Scouting Report: The top safety in the Big East and one of the finest nationally...has been described by defensive coordinator Phil Bennett as "a linebacker playing defensive back" because of DeCicco's size and appetite for contact...entering his third year as Pitt's starting strong safety, DeCicco is the unquestioned "quarterback" of the defense and makes all the calls...a ball hawk whether he is defending the run or pass...had seven interceptions over the 2008 and '09 seasons.
2009: Starter in all 13 games at strong safety...All-Big East (second team)...had 88 tackles, three interceptions, three PBUs and a forced fumble...named Big East Defensive Player of the Week for his USF performance... had 10 tackles with nine solos as the Panthers limited USF to 212 yards...twice posted a season-high 12 tackles (Buffalo and Louisville)...had INTs against Cincinnati, Rutgers and Youngstown State...three-time Coaching Staff Defensive Player of the Game (USF, Rutgers and Connecticut).
2008: Played in 13 games, starting 11 at strong safety...had 56 tackles and a team-high four interceptions...ranked third in the Big East with 0.31 INTs/ game...had a career-high 13 tackles with an INT at Connecticut...had seven tackles, a forced fumble and fumble recovery vs. Oregon State in the Sun Bowl...had six stops and an INT vs. West Virginia...also had picks at USF and Navy.
2007: Lettered as a true freshman, playing in 10 games...majority of his action came on special teams...also served as a reserve free safety...collected six tackles on the year...had a season-high three stops vs. Grambling.
High School: One of Western Pennsylvania's most diverse athletes...a three-year starter on both sides of the ball for perennial WPIAL Class AAA power Thomas Jefferson...switched from receiver to quarterback for his senior season and was a 1,000-yard rusher and passer...finished with 1,132 yards passing with 17 touchdowns...also rushed for 1,064 yards and 15 TDs...started each of his three varsity seasons at safety and had 17 career interceptions...led team to the WPIAL Class AAA championship and the semifinals of the PIAA playoffs with a 14-1 record his senior year...in his three seasons as a starter, Thomas Jefferson went a combined 39-5 (.886) with two WPIAL titles and a PIAA Class AAA championship his sophomore year...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State Team (second team)...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL Class AAA Player of the Year...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"... Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...first team All-Big Seven... rated Pennsylvania's No. 9 prospect by Scout.com...rated the nation's No. 18 safety prospect by Scout.com...Scout All-East Region...PrepStar All-East Region...rated Pennsylvania's No. 16 prospect by Keystone Recruiting...rated the state's No. 34 prospect by Rivals.com...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...played under Coach Bill Cherpak, a standout offensive lineman for Pitt from 1985-89...DeCicco was also an exceptional basketball player...scored more than 1,000 career points as a four-year starter...twice earned all-section in basketball... also a two-year letterman in track and field...Honor Roll student...member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
Personal: Dominic John DeCicco, born 9/11/88, is the son of Dominic and Debbie DeCicco...has two brothers and one sister...brother Brock is a redshirt freshman tight end at Pitt...father was a tight end at Waynesburg College...communication major.
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