"They're a great, physical team," Poggi told GoBlueWolverine after the loss. "They're big. They're the biggest line I've played against and I've played against some good players. They ran that hurry-up, and we tried to prepare for that, but first half we came out kind of a little shell-shocked. But that's stuff we got to take care of. We really bounced back in the second half and guys really started making plays."
Part of the reason Gilman was able to find some life in the second half, cutting the lead to 28-14 heading into the 4th quarter, is in large part due to a never say die attitude amongst the group.
"We're a really close team," said Poggi. "We believe in each other, and we knew that we would pick each other up and just come back and bounce back. I couldn't tell you exactly what it is, but it's just about being on a team."
At 6'4, 260 pounds, Poggi played a key role up front defensively and also at the tight end position on offense, routinely opening holes on quarterback keepers.
Never satisfied with his individual game and always looking to improve, Poggi's strength-gains in the off-season give him the ability to push people around on both sides of the ball. In addition to the added muscle, Poggi is stepping it up from a technique and fundamental standpoint as well.
"You always got to get stronger," said Poggi. "But I really worked on my hands this year, beating double teams, and I did that pretty well today. Sometimes I didn't do it very well but I thought I did pretty good."
Poggi will need proper hand placement once he arrives in Ann Arbor. Lining up at the five technique and with a trio of defensive line coaches, the four star defensive lineman should have no problem finding tricks of the trade to add to his game in college. The three U-M coaches played a major role in Poggi's ultimate decision.
"Coach Montgomery is a great guy, and Coach Mattison—he's great," said Poggi. "He coached with the Ravens and he's a funny guy. And then Coach Hoke is great too."
The class of 2013 filled up at a rapid pace for Michigan throughout the winter, spring, and summer, but Poggi insists the scholarship crunch had nothing to do with his decision to commit.
"It had nothing to do with scholarships, and Michigan didn't pressure me at all," said Poggi. "I knew for a while about Michigan but I just wanted to really make the right decision."
The coaching Poggi will receive at Michigan is a huge plus, but for the young man football is just a small part of his future plans—making the decision to go with the Wolverines that much easier.
"The biggest thing for me was academics," said Poggi. "I don't look at college as being a four year decision. It's a forty year decision, and going to Michigan with that degree I believe that will help set me up for life."
Poggi plans on making it back up to Ann Arbor this fall on the Wolverines' dime as part of his official visit. With such a tight knit group in the class of 2013, Poggi is looking forward to the trip.
"We're so close it's a little weird, but its good," joked Poggi of the commitments. "I like all the guys. They're real good guys. Shane Morris is all over the place, and who knows what he's up to, but it's been fun."
"I've been up there a lot, but you've got to take your official so I'm really excited for that," said Poggi. "I'm not sure when it is but I'll be up there."
To watch GBW's interview with Poggi, including highlights of his performance Sunday, click play below.