Focus 2007: Dan Di Lella

New Jersey always produces a solid amount of Division 1 prospects, but this year there is an extraordinary amount of upper echelon talent in the state. Somerville quarterback Dan Di Lella will be another one of the names that many of the fans in the Northeast will want to keep a close eye on.

Dan Di Lella, a 6-foot-5, 220 pound, quarterback, from Somerville, N.J. is starting to generate a lot of interest after a successful junior season.

"Dan threw for 1,502 yards and 15 touchdowns last year. He really looks great on tape, and he has a real cannon for an arm," Somerville head coach Kevin Carty explained.

Di Lella explained what type of player he sees in himself.

"I try to be a commanding leader on the field. We play in trips formation, and we mix our plays out of the shotgun and under center. The offensive scheme that we use allows me to make adjustments at the line of scrimmage," Di Lella said.

Di Lella attributes a lot of his success on the field to coach Carty, who has helped him to achieve a better understanding of the game.

"Without a doubt coach Carty has helped me out a lot. He has been through the recruiting process before with his sons, and he understands a lot about the game of football. He has helped me to understand blitz packages and read coverages. I can understand what the defense is going to do in a cover two or a cover three, and that has allowed me to help us get in the right play at the line," Di Lella acknowledged.

Di Lella is currently receiving interest from Rutgers, Virginia, Connecticut, Syracuse, North Carolina, Duke and Michigan State, and he has been fortunate enough to be invited out to a couple of those campuses for unofficial visits.

"I went down to Virginia for an unofficial visit and I went to Rutgers for a junior day. The facilities at both places were just amazing. I think that coach (Greg) Schiano is a great coach," Di Lella said.

Di Lella will be checking out two more of the schools at the top of his list in the days ahead.

"I will be at Duke this weekend for a junior day, and I will be going to UConn on the 25th for a junior day. I know that Duke is an excellent school, and I am really excited to go to UConn. I know that they (UConn) like big quarterbacks, and I know that they are really interested in me," Di Lella explained.



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