Focus 2007: Ben Pooler

The Lawrenceville School looks like it could produce a few top recruits for the class of 2007. Outside linebacker, Ben Pooler will be one of the hot names this season, and he has already received a verbal offer from a BCS program.

Ben Pooler, a 6-foot-3, 235 pound, linebacker, from Lawrenceville Prep in N.J. is ready to shed his sleeper status and emerge on the recruiting scene.

"I receive a lot of mail from Maryland, Boston College, Iowa, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, and I get a little from Syracuse," Pooler said.

"I went to the Maryland camp last year, and they verbally offered me a scholarship. There are also a bunch of D-II schools that have extended a verbal offer."

"Since I am in the prep school my mail does not really come directly to my house, but Maryland, Boston College, Vanderbilt, and Virginia seem to send me the most letters. Maryland has always stayed in really close contact with me since that camp last year."

Pooler also feels that attending Lawrenceville has helped to prepare for the life of a college student in a way no other school could have.

"Lawrenceville is a great academic school. In itself is basically a lot like a college campus. They have helped prepare me athletically and academically. You definitely have to prepare yourself mentally to play football here. I definitely have a greater understanding of the game," Pooler explained.

"It has also allowed me to play against a much better level of competition. There are a number of good athletes here, so we should have a good team that should get a ton of exposure."

Three schools in particular have caught the linebacker's eye, and he went over the reasons they are so high on his list.

Boston College - "The location is ideal. My family and all of the people who are important to me would get the chance to see me play."

Virginia - "I have family in Virginia, and I really love the area. The coaches down there are also tremendous."

Maryland - "Maryland has the total package. I love the way they play defense. I like how the defensive coach approaches their scheme."

"I plan to try and attend camps at all three campuses this year. I really could not decide right now, who my favorite would be between those three schools. I want to take my visits and evaluate the positives of each program before I decide," Pooler said.

As a junior, Pooler reports he rushed for 716 yards and racked up 50 tackles and five sacks while netting All-State Prep honors for his performance.

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