2006 Scouting Report: Will be a highly instrumental figure in Pitt's offensive success this year...holds the distinction of being the Panthers' most battle-tested offensive lineman...is a three-year starter at right guard...has made a team-high 30 starts headed into the 2006 campaign.
2005: Served as Pitt's starting right guard for the third consecutive season...played in and started all 11 contests.
2004: Played in nine games, starting the last eight at right guard...missed the season's initial three games due to a left ankle injury...saw his first action of the year at Connecticut (Sept. 30), coming off the bench for reserve duty... made his first start of the season at Temple (Oct. 9).
2003: Played in all 13 contests, starting the final 11 at right guard...began the year as the chief backup to senior Jon Schall, but moved into the starting role when Schall moved to center due to injuries...coaching staff Co-Offensive Player of the Game for the Toledo contest.
2002: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: Two-time member of The Associated Press Big School All-State Team at Dallas High...two-time first team All-Wyoming Valley Conference...three-year starter at defensive tackle and two-year starter at offensive guard...did not play football until his sophomore year in high school...led Dallas to a 26-9 record (.743) during his three-year career, including state playoff berths each season...18th-ranked prospect in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep...PrepStar All-Eastern Region...listed among the nation's top 100 offensive linemen by Student Sports...listed among the nation's top 75 offensive guard prospects by Rivals.com...earned three letters under Coach Ted Jackson...four-year basketball letterman...All-Wyoming Valley Conference basketball honoree... named the MVP of the 2001 Wyoming Valley Christmas Basketball Classic...MVP of AAU basketball tournament.
Personal: John A. Simonitis, born 9/21/84, is the son of John and Deborah Simonitis...has one sister...administration of justice major.
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