Bruin Bloodlines for OT Di Poalo

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure offensive lineman Giovanni Di Poalo has strong family ties to the UCLA program, and the Bruins are one of the programs he's hearing from...

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure has long been known for its skill position players, but the Seraphs this year boast one of California's top offensive lineman in Giovanni Di Poalo (6-4.5, 260).

Di Poalo has four offers to date and several more schools have been in regular contact with him.

"I have offers from Washington, Arizona State, Duke, and UNLV," said Di Poalo. "And I'm getting interest from USC as a center, Notre Dame, Arizona, Texas, Florida, LSU and UCLA. And Cal is supposed to be very interested."

Di Poalo said that USC is a school he has a lot of interest in.

"I really like USC, it's a lot like my school," said Di Poalo. "We take everything from USC, so going there would be an easy transition. Really, any Pac-10 school would be great."

He also has ties to the UCLA program.

"My grandfather, Carmen Di Poalo, played in the Rose Bowl for UCLA," said Di Poalo. "We went to the Rose Bowl for a magazine shoot and he showed me a lot of the stuff there. His roommate was an all-American and a lot of his teammates were up on their wall. So he likes UCLA for me."

Di Poalo has played left tackle for the Seraphs, but said that his versatility should allow him to play numerous spots.

"Honestly, I'll play anywhere, as long as I can hit," said Di Poalo. "I've enjoyed being in the trenches because I can hit every play."

Di Poalo attended USC's Junior Day and will be camping at USC this summer as well as at Arizona's camp.

A decision, though, isn't expected to come anytime soon.

"I'm going to take my time, make sure which school is right for me," said Di Poalo.

Di Poalo earned All-State Underclass honors by GoldenStatePreps.com this past fall after helping the Seraphs to their second straight CIF State D-III title.

Academically, he has a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT in May.


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