Irish Set To Visit Di Poalo

Di Poalo has been receiving ND mail for weeks.

When Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian was watching Giovanni Di Poalo's film, a few things really stood out.

"He liked how nasty I was, and how I got down the field, and my speed and quickness and mobility, and that I like to hit people," Giovanni Di Poalo recapped.

Now there is just one more thing the Irish coaching staff needs to see before they can offer the outstanding offensive line prospect from St. Bonaventure High (Ventura, Calif.) a scholarship.

They need to see Di Poalo in person.

"I talked to them on the phone for the first time (Monday)," Di Poalo said, adding that he stands in at 6-4 ½, 260-pounds. "They said they really like me, they want to offer me, they love my tape and play, but it's kind of hard to offer someone they haven't seen in person. So they're going to come down here in May, and give me an eyeball and hopefully that will do it."

Washington, UNLV, Duke and Arizona State have already offered Di Poalo a scholarship. He is also hearing from the likes of USC, UCLA, Arizona, Stanford and Colorado, and would love to add an offer from the Irish.

"That'd be a big school to be offered by," Di Poalo began. "That would probably be my biggest offer right now. I was going for more Pac 10 I thought, but as I thought about it, it wouldn't bother me going out of state. Notre Dame is a great school.

"I've followed Notre Dame since I was in seventh or eighth grade. I like the tradition, the gold helmets, the whole schblam. I've heard great things from Michael Williams about how he was being recruited there, even though he went to Michigan."

Heading into the postseason two seasons ago, Di Poalo was moved up to St. Bonaventure's prestigious varsity team as a freshman, and found himself in the starting lineup the past two seasons, Di Poalo played left tackle as a sophomore, helping lead his team to a state championship. This past season, he moved to weak-side tackle, as the Seraphs brought home another state title.

"Coach (Todd) Therrien put me there because that's where he thinks his best lineman should be for the cut back lanes, and it's been working out well," Di Poalo said.

Di Poalo has always played tackle, but some colleges are talking to him about moving to the interior part of the line.

"I'm open to any position," Di Poalo said. "Like SC wants me as a center, and a couple other schools have thought about that also.

Di Poalo says he is now open to every school. There was a time when, if the Trojans were to offer, he'd of accepted on the spot. Though they still might be the favorite, Di Poalo is trying to look at all of his options.

"I've gained a little bit of extra interest in the last month or two, and I'm trying not to show favoritism to them, and be neutral overall, and give everyone a fair chance," he explained.

So saying that, Di Poalo would like to take all five of his official visits before deciding.

"Unless I'm really sure about where I'm going.

"I'm looking for great academics, a good program, I want a good o-line coach and a good weight training coach," Di Poalo said. He has a 3.0 GPA. "All the other stuff is kind of fluff."

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