Pocic Gets Notre Dame's Attention

Notre Dame signed linebacker Aaron Nagel from Lemont High School (Ill.) in their last recruiting class, and the Irish appear to be interested in one of his former teammates. Offensive lineman Graham Pocic has a group of solid scholarship offers and he's hoping to add one from Notre Dame.

Notre Dame already has three commitments from offensive linemen, and it is likely that the Irish have room for one more. If the Irish extend additional offers at the end of May, Graham Pocic (6-foot-7, 300 pounds) might be one of the first players to get the call.

"Since the Purdue Nike camp Notre Dame's has been talking to me a lot," Pocic responded when asked about his contact with the Irish. "I got the camp MVP for the offensive linemen. There were a lot of speed guys, so there was some pretty good competition.

"Right after the combine I got a couple text messages from coach Latina and coach Ianello saying that I had a great camp and that they're going to be in touch with me soon. Coach Ianello said that I can be pretty certain that they're going to be interested in me.

"I'd gone to two camps at Notre Dame, so I'd say that they're pretty familiar with me," Pocic said. "I'm trying to be patient. They're going to re-evaluate all their prospects at the end of the month, so hopefully I'll be the next offensive lineman that they'll offer."

Pocic grew up a fan of the Irish, and he'd love to have an offer in hand, but that wouldn't automatically put Notre Dame at the top of his list. Schools that have offered that he's still strongly considering are Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State, Florida, Florida State, Boston College and Colorado.

"They'd definitely be up there, but they wouldn't jump out to a lead," Pocic said. "At the end of the month I'm going to narrow things down. I told Notre Dame that if they're going to be in it that they're going to have to offer by the end of the month. They seemed okay with that.

"I've been to pretty much every school around here like Notre Dame, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Purdue. I went to Louisville last year and I'm going to Penn State before the end of the month.

"Playing time is definitely important to me," Pocic explained. "I don't have to play my freshman year, but if there is a situation that I can, I'd like to have that chance. I definitely want to play before my senior year. I'm looking at the mix of the coaching staff, the strength and conditioning coach and guys that are already on the team."


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