Di Poalo likes what he sees in Washington

St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Ca.) OL Giovanni Di Poalo is fast becoming one of the more popular offensive line prospects in the west on recruiting boards and he has his eyes on what is going on at the University of Washington. Dawgman.com caught up with the talented lineman and he updated us on things and talked about some of the reasons he's so interested in the Huskies...

"I met coach (Steve) Sarkisian when I was a freshman and sophomore so I've known him for a little while," Di Poalo told Dawgman.com. "He's well respected and then when he got hired up there I got the letter offering me and letting me know he was the new coach up there and that's why I really like them a lot.

"I have family in Seattle, so that makes it easy for me to head up there because I know if I ended up there I could play in front of some of my family and stuff like that."

Wide receivers coach Brian Dougherty is the man recruiting Di Poalo for the Huskies and the two have established a good rapport.

"Coach Dougherty will be down here this week sometime," Di Poalo said. "He and I talk a lot and we talk about how much they like me and where they see me playing.

"Some schools want me at center and some like me inside at guard and a couple of others like me at tackle. Washington wants me at guard which I'm fine with."

The other schools that have joined Washington in extending offers to Di Poalo are Arizona State, Arizona, Washington, Duke and UNLV and he said others have told him they are close to offering as well.

"Oregon called me recently and told me they are going to offer me soon," Di Poalo said. "Notre Dame said they are probably going to offer soon as well, but they didn't seem as close as Oregon was and Oregon State was going to offer me, but they said they ran out of offers for linemen so it doesn't look they will offer."

Di Poalo said he hasn't firmed up any camp plans at this point, but he hasn't ruled them out yet either.

"Right now I don't have any plans to go anywhere other than to USC's linemen camp with the rest of our linemen," Di Poalo said. "I might take a couple of unofficial visits to check some places out, but I'm not sure right now."

We'll have more from Di Poalo later as we get closer to the start of camps next month.

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