So Cal Star "super stoked" over Army offer

Athough Foothill High School in Santa Ana, Caif., located in the Tustin Foothills, has a produced some top football talent through the years, they went through a recent D-1 drought. Last recruiting cycle, Bobby Okereke became their first D-1 player since 2004 when he signed with Stanford in February. Lineman Pat DiCarlo, who was recently offered by West Point, could be the next.

Pat DiCarlo, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound offensive lineman, has the ball rolling again at Foothill when he received his first offer from Army.

"Last night Coach Lamont Seward, the running backs coach, extended an offer to me over the phone," DiCarlo shared with ArmySports.com. "When he came to my school, my head coach, Doug Case, recommended me to him. He said when he did, he went back and checked out my film and was very impressed with my aggressiveness off the line. He said that he liked the way I play overall. He didn't really specify a position, but I play left guard at my high school.

"This is really a big offer for me and one that I'm very excited to receive. I've just been super stoked about it. It's not just that it's my first offer, but West Point is the kind of place you go that will set you up for life. It's a huge honor."

In his first season as a varsity starter for the Foothill Knights, DiCarlo was named second team All-East Bay Conference.

"I would say my biggest strengths at my position are lateral quickness, aggressive play from whistle to whistle, and the my ability to play smart and make good in-game decisions," he said.

DiCarlo said that Sacramento State has been expressing interest, but hasn't pulled the trigger yet on an offer. He may begin to see an increase in his recruiting now that Army decided to offer.

"I envision going to a great city with a good coaching staff for college," DiCarlo explained. "Really, I'm just looking for a place to play football. I'm incredibly excited about the Army offer, but probably won't make any campus visits until after my senior season."

DiCarlo feels the Knights should still be competitive after an 8-3 season in 2013, but says they will miss Bobby Okereke's ability to "fill the gaps" from his linebacker position. DiCarlo says he's interested in studying Pre-Law in college.

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