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2008 Scouting Report: Seasoned contributor at tight end who figures to be a prominent contributor to the Pitt offense...excellent technician who complements his strong fundamentals with smarts and toughness...hardnosed blocker who is also a viable receiving option...missed spring drills due to offseason shoulder surgery (right) but will be back at full strength for training camp...a classroom standout who earned Big East All-Academic Football Team honors last year.
2007: Played in eight games, starting three...missed four games due to injury (Grambling, right shoulder; Rutgers, USF and West Virginia, right toe)...had five catches for 46 yards on the season...had career-high three catches (for 20 yards) vs. Eastern Michigan...had career-high 26 receiving yards (on two catches) vs. Navy.
2006: Underwent left knee surgery following an offseason injury and ultimately took a redshirt.
2005: Played in all 11 games as a true freshman to letter...contributed in multiple tight end sets and on special teams.
High School: Excelled at blocking and pass catching as a tight end at nearby Pittsburgh Central Catholic...named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAAA All-State Team (first team)...was a three-year starter at tight end and defensive end for the Vikings...led Central Catholic to a 16-0 mark and the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAAA championships as a senior...the Vikings were ranked No. 6 in the country by USA Today...as a junior, team went 13-2, won the WPIAL title and finished as the state runner-up...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"... Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review All-Class AAAA...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...All-Quad A East...had 15 receptions for 254 yards (16.9 avg.) and two touchdowns as a senior...defensively had 72 tackles and three quarterback sacks...his junior year, caught 30 passes for 549 yards (18.3 avg.)...rated the No. 12 prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep...SuperPrep All-Northeast Team...PrepStar All-East Region...rated the No. 18 prospect in Pennsylvania by Scout.com and Rivals.com...rated the nation's No. 32 tight end by Rivals.com...played under Coach Art Walker Jr....selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...also earned letters in basketball and track... High Honors student...YMCA Scholar-Athlete honoree... KDKA Extra Effort Award recipient...senior class officer and student government member.
Personal: John Christopher Pelusi, born 2/24/86, is the son of John and Cathy Pelusi...has three sisters...has extensive family ties to Pitt...father was the starting center for Pitt's 1976 national championship team...John Sr. played for the Panthers from 1973-76 and is now a member of Pitt's Board of Trustees...sister Jamie was a goalkeeper for the Pitt women's soccer team (2002-05) and was the 2004 Big East Goalkeeper of the Year...uncles Jay and Jeff also played for the Panthers...Jay lettered at nose tackle from 1979-82, while Jeff lettered at linebacker from 1976-79... another uncle, Jim, played football at Columbia from 1974-77, while yet another uncle, Rich Thomaselli, played football at West Virginia Wesleyan (1981-83) and later with the NFL's Houston Oilers and Green Bay Packers... business-marketing major.
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