Last weekend Di Lella was able to attend the Connecticut junior day event, and he not only had a great time enjoying all of the festivities, but he came away very impressed by the overall feel of the football program.
"The facilities, the coaching staff, and the atmosphere of the campus were all things that stuck out about the trip," Di Lella explained.
"They are building an all new football facility that will be opened this summer. It will have a brand new weight room, locker rooms, and academic centers where you can get help from academic supervisors. It has everything a college football player will need built into one."
"The atmosphere is great at UConn, because you can really tell that everyone is working hard to be successful. They really value the education of the student, and you can tell that it is very important to the players as well."
"I really enjoyed what I saw from the coaching staff. Coach (Randy) Edsall is a really nice guy. I think that UConn has a good level of interest in me, and I am excited to get back to their campus for spring practice and later on in the summer to workout with them and show them what I can do in person."
Di Lella has also taken unofficial visits to the campuses of Virginia, Rutgers, Duke and North Carolina. After having the opportunity to tour many of the programs on his list, Di Lella has drawn up a tentative top three, while contending he will remain 100 percent open to all of the schools that take an interest in his abilities.
"After taking the visits some of the schools have separated themselves from the others. I would say that UConn, Duke, and Rutgers are at the top right now. Each school is very respected academically, and I want the chance to be successful off of the field," Di Lella replied.
As a junior, Dan Di Lella threw for over 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns.