Di Poalo at seven offers, seeks three more

St. Bonaventure HS (Ventura, Calif.) offensive lineman Giovanni Di Poalo is quickly becoming one of the West Coast's most highly regarded tackles. A member of both the Scout 300 and Rivals 250, Di Poalo reports offers from Stanford, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington, Duke, Colorado and UNLV.

But despite that significant early interest, Giovanni Di Poalo has no intention of making an early college commitment.

"I'm going to wait for all my offers to roll in, and then most likely take my five trips, and then decide after that," Di Poalo said.

In addition to the seven schools that have offered, Oregon, California, Oregon State and Washington State have all shown varying degrees of interest in Di Poalo. However, a trio of traditional BCS powers have seemingly piqued the interest of the three-star tackle.

"Notre Dame was interested and they might offer this summer, but they haven't offered yet," Di Poalo said. "Then USC and Florida were both interested, and would be good cornerstone offers to have."

Once Di Poalo has collected his desired offers, he plans on committing to a school that has he feels has a comfortable environment and a top-notch coaching staff.

"I'm looking for a school with a good position coach, a good strength coach and a then great team," Di Poalo said. "Then I need to feel like it could be my home for four years."

Stanford was the most recent school to offer Di Poalo, doing so at the end of last month. Strangely, the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder said that he has not spoken with a member of the Cardinal coaching staff, save for a five minute conversation with co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Andy Buh.

Still, Scout.com's No. 32 OT thinks highly enough of the Cardinal that he has penciled in a trip to Palo Alto as one of his five official visits next fall.

"I'm sure Stanford will be one, and then depending on my other offers we'll just have to see," the possible kinesiology major said. "I heard Stanford is a beautiful campus and I haven't heard any bad things about the school. The academics are good and I'd get a great degree there. Also, it's Pac-10 football and you get to compete with the best."

Di Poalo said most schools view him as a tackle, though his limited interaction with the Cardinal staff has prevented him from learning of Stanford's intentions. Di Poalo said that when he does speak with coaches, they usually compliment him on his drive and aggressiveness.

"They like how I play with more of a defensive standpoint -- going out and attacking people, my drive and how I play through the whistle," Di Poalo said.

Di Poalo reports a 4.85 forty, a max bench press of 315 pounds and a max squat of 455 pounds.

He also says he has a 3.0 GPA and is awaiting the results of the SAT.

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