Nicolo DiFronzo hasn’t received a scholarship offer from Fresno State yet, but following his appearance at the FS Satellite Camp on June 16 in Thousand Oaks (Calif.), the Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian offensive lineman believes he would fit in perfectly with the Bulldogs.
The Class of 2017 prospect is known to be a mauler on the Lions’ offensive line under the Friday night lights, pushing defensive linemen either five yards back or burying the back of their uniform onto the turf. Fresno State has long pride itself on having a similar dominant, scrapper attitude from its players that dates back to the Jim Sweeney days and later Pat Hill.
After interacting with the current Bulldog coaches, particularly new tight ends coach and Ventura County recruiter Joe Bernardi, DiFronzo said he likes the possibility of heading to the 559 if it came down to it.
“I like how Fresno is a big football town. Everything that happens in that city is all about football and I like that,” DiFronzo said. “I can see myself there. I really like the atmosphere that Fresno State has to offer.”
The 6-foot-3, 275-pound DiFronzo – a current owner of four reported scholarship offers including one from Air Force - currently holds down the right tackle spot for Oaks Christian, a traditional Southern California powerhouse that has served as a hotbed for Pac-12 and other Power Five conference coaches. DiFronzo’s quick, agile feet is the reason why he got moved to the outside of the line.
“Since the second grade, I’ve always played center and guard. Once I got to high school, I got moved to tackle. We [Oaks Christian] wanted some athletic tackles and our guards don’t pull as much, so that’s why I got moved to tackle,” DiFronzo said.
The move, though, shines a light on his versatility; something most college offensive line coaches normally crave.
DiFronzo has now showed his trench skills in front of two programs this month: Fresno State and Washington [June 9 at Cal Lutheran]. He said the Bulldog coaches approached this camp differently compared to the UW coaches.
“I really liked it. The coaches here were really intense but I liked how they talked to us. I like their coaching style,” DiFronzo said. “It was a fun camp. I really enjoyed it.”
He doesn’t know what school will emerge as offer No. 5, saying “I don’t really know who will be next. It’s all in God’s plan.”
But, he’s entertained the idea of possibly wearing the green “V” on the next football helmet he puts on.
“I like them as a school and the atmosphere they provide for players,” DiFronzo said.