Di Poalo Likes USC

After bringing in just a pair of offensive linemen in the 2009 recruiting class, the USC Trojans will look to add some depth along the line with their current class, and a player that would like to be considered for one of those spots is Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure offensive tackle Giovanni Di Poalo.

After bringing in just a pair of offensive linemen in the 2009 recruiting class, the USC Trojans will look to add some depth along the line with their current class, and a player that would like to be considered for one of those spots is Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure offensive tackle Giovanni Di Poalo.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound lineman already has six scholarship offers from Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, UNLV and Duke.

"I like the Pac-10, and then Notre Dame is jumping in the mix and Florida is supposed to be calling me," Di Poalo said. "I'm just going to wait for them to all rack up and then pick and choose from there."

Di Poalo plans to attend USC's Lineman Camp on June 14th with the hopes of catching the eye of the coaching staff.

"You have to set the bar high and try and grab it," he said. "USC is the best right now, they are close to home and I have grown towards them since getting to know them personally.

"I want to be the best that I can and reach my potential, and USC is a good place to do that."

The three-star prospect got an up close look at the program while attending USC's Junior Day this offseason and came away very impressed with offensive line coach Pat Ruel.

"He's real blunt with you. He doesn't tell you what you want to hear, he tells you how it's going to be," Di Poalo said. "He will get in your face and tell you what you are doing wrong and what you are doing right.

"He really liked me and said that I was one of his top guys, but they are looking at me at center and they are excited to see me at the Lineman Camp on June 14th.

"I was the smallest lineman there but he was most interested in me, so I was humbled by that."

Di Poalo earned All-State Underclass honors while playing tackle as a junior at St. Bonaventure but is open to moving to the center position in college.

"I have never played it before," he said. "It doesn't sound too bad to me because you are never on the backside of a play, you would always be right in it."

Another draw for USC is the fact that St. Bonaventure runs a similar system to the Trojans, which would help Di Poalo in his transition to the next level.

"They run the same offense and defense that our school does," he explained. "We do everything alike and try to take everything from USC, so it would be a real easy transition, and why not go to the best, right?"

So what is the versatile lineman looking for in a school?

"I want to get a degree, and a good position and strength coach that will take me a long way if I am trying to get to the pros" he said. "I didn't think that was really an option but I have been getting told that it is pretty reachable by many coaches.

"A good strength coach, good position coach and then I want to be on a winning team."

Di Poalo will attend the USC Lineman Camp on June 14th. He reports a 3.0 GPA.

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