Recruiting Update: OG Giovanni Di Poalo

A coveted OL prospect that could be an answer at interior line for the Cardinal, Giovanni Di Poalo has raised eyebrows from Palo Alto to South Central as the young man is being hotly pursued by, among others, Pac-10 foes USC and Arizona. The newly-offering Trojans are always tough to beat in the southern part of our state, but the this is the new Stanford Cardinal and "We bow to no program!"

Recruiting Update: OG Giovanni Di Poalo

One of Stanford's highest priority offensive line recruits is 6'4, 254 St. Bonaventure HS (Ventura) star Giovanni Di Poalo. Among the most athletic linemen on the west coast, Di Poalo told TheBootleg in an interview Tuesday that he has cut down his list of suitors to three Pac-10 schools.

"My top 3 right now would be Arizona, Stanford, and USC," Di Poalo, who also reports offers from Washington, ASU, Colorado, Duke, and UNLV, said. "USC and Stanford are kind of going back and forth (for the top spot) and then it's Arizona."


We asked Di Poalo to discuss what he liked about each of those schools.


"USC is closer to my home town and is obviously going to be competing for national championships and is a great school."


"Stanford has a better degree, a very comfortable feel, and they really want me up there. And, it's Stanford."


"With Arizona a few of my teammates went there and its only six hours away. They have a really good offensive line coach and they're really on the rise lately."


Last weekend, Di Poalo took an unofficial visit to Stanford, which seemed to cement the Cardinal's status among his favorites.


"I was intimidated going up there, but it was a lot more comfortable than I thought," Di Poalo said. "There's a real tight family feel to it which was really comfortable."


At the same time Di Poalo was starting to get more comfortable on the farm, the Stanford coaching staff was starting to get more excited about the thought of Di Poalo wearing Cardinal and white on Saturdays.


"The coaches liked my speed and my footwork and were really impressed by the way I moved," Di Poalo said.


Several members of the Cardinal coaching staff went out of their way to get face time with the Scout 300 prospect.


"I was talking with pretty much all the coaching staff the whole time," Di Poalo said. "(Head coach Jim) Harbaugh talked to me one-on-one up in the skybox on my trip and we talked for about 45 minutes about the trip, and everything."


Before Di Poalo and his family returned home to Southern California, the three-star lineman also had the opportunity to meet with some members of the admissions office.


"They said my admissions (prospects) were pretty good," Di Poalo said. "I just have to take two AP classes and the SAT again and I'm in."


As it stands now, Di Poalo does have some work to do on the admissions front. He carries a 3.0 GPA and scored a three-part 1480 on his first stab at the SAT, but seems determined to do what is necessary to raise his academic profile.


"I'm working all that out now," Di Poalo said.


In the next few months, Di Poalo plans on taking another look at his three favorite schools with a possible decision looming in the next few months.


"I was planning on waiting until after the season but we might make an earlier commitment (before the start of senior year) if we have to or feel the need," Di Poalo said.


And when he does decide, Di Poalo will pick the school at which he feels he belongs.


"(I plan on picking the school) where I feel most comfortable," Di Poalo said. "They're all great so I've got to go down to the details now."


Di Poalo is rated the 32nd-best offensive tackle in the class of 2010 by, and a four-star prospect by a competing recruiting website whose named shall not be mentioned.


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