Pigskin Piccioti’s: Linebacker Recruited by Pitt Panthers, 20 Years after the Team Landed His Uncle

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Phil Picciotti of Pennridge High School, Perkasie
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Phil Picciotti, Pennridge High School, Perkasie.

The University of Pittsburgh Panthers recently made an offer to 2023 linebacker Phil Picciotti of Pennridge High School, Perkasie. Two decades ago, the school landed his uncle, Dustin Picciotti, a fullback. Mike Vukovcan covered the familial connection for PGH Sports. 

Phil’s coach told him prior to a workout that Panther Coach Cory Sanders was on the phone. “He [Sanders] started telling me about Pittsburgh, what he liked about my film and why they decided to offer me,” Phil remembered. 

“He told me that I look like a typical hard-nosed, hit-you-in-the-mouth middle linebacker. They liked my length and the way that I’m able to move on the field.” 

Dustin Picciotti, Phil’s uncle, was the No. 1 ranked fullback in the country and one of the top 120 overall players ranked nationally. Pitt took him in 2000, right out of Central Bucks West, Doylestown. A concussion unfortunately cut his collegiate football career short. 

In terms of his strengths on the field, Phil plays a lot like his uncle. He’s physical and doesn’t shy away from contact. 

“I’ll be honest, I really like to hit people,” said Phil. “Whoever has the ball, I’ll hit them. I believe I have good vision on the field. I can move.” 

His summer will comprise college visits to map out his next move. 

More on the Picciottis is at PGH Sports.

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