Graham Pocic (6-foot-7, 300 pounds) isn't afraid to compete. He made his third combine appearance in three weeks last weekend and he shined just as he had in the past.
"You just find things that you need to work on," Pocic responded when asked about what he took from his combine experience. "We just went to the combine at Maine South and now were going up against guys from Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa who are pretty good and you have to be on top of you game. I didn't do any testing, so I don't really worry about my times. I just remember who I went up against and what I need to do next time I see them."
One player on hand that Pocic hopes to meet during a state playoff run is defensive tackle Garrett Goebel of Montini Catholic (Lombard, Ill.) The two hooked up on a couple of occasions on Saturday with each getting a win.
"Goebel is real good,' Pocic siad. "He has a very good spin move. He's fast. Wrestling has helped him out a lot with his footwork and his hands. He knows all the moves… he's good.
When it comes to recruiting Pocic only has a couple more weeks until he narrows his list of schools down to a manageable number. He has scholarship offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State, Florida, Florida State, Boston College and Colorado. He would like the Irish to offer, but he isn't going to wait long on them.
"Notre Dame just requested another one of my tapes and we just sent it out to them," Pocic explained. "When coach Weis gets back he said that he'll watch it with everyone and hopefully they like it. I just got a text message from coach Ianello. He said that they had a meeting and that things went well, so I guess I should know something soon.
"I told Notre Dame that I'm going to narrow things at the end of the month, so hopefully I hear something from them or I'm going to have to move on. I'd like to have it down to five at the end of the month. I'll take some visits in June and July and then narrow things down to two or three, then make my decision."