Offensive line is a position of need for the USC Trojans in the 2010 recruiting class and today the Trojans received a commitment from one of the top offensive linemen in California in St. Bonaventure standout Giovanni Di Poalo.
The three-star lineman was torn between USC and Stanford but picked the Trojans because of the success that they have had under head coach Pete Carroll and his familiarity with the program.
“It came down to USC wanting to be the best that they can be, just like I do,” Di Poalo said of his decision. “I fit well there.
“USC is close to home and the best team in college football right now.”
Di Poalo took an unofficial visit to USC on Friday and after spending some time on campus, he informed head coach Pete Carroll of his intentions to be a Trojan.
“I went to USC today, got the tour and talked to Coach Carroll and Coach Seto. After the tour was wrapped up we talked to Coach Carroll in his office and I told him that I wanted to be a Trojan,” Di Poalo said. “I have never seen him jump up as excited as he was that second. It was great.”
The 6-foot-4, 254-pound lineman gave serious thought to committing to Stanford until the Trojans came through with a scholarship offer at the end of June, which really shook things up.
“We were feeling really good about Stanford going into vacation, and then I got a call from my coach saying that USC had offered, so that threw a big monkey wrench into it the whole planning,” Di Poalo said.
Di Poalo, who joins Palomar JC transfer Brice Schwab as the second offensive lineman in the 2010 recruiting, is a very athletic big man that is being recruited as a center.
“I think it’s a good fit because you are in the center of the action,” Di Poalo said. “You can get anywhere on both sides of the line.”
Di Poalo got a good feel for Pat Ruel when he attended USC’s Lineman Camp this summer, and came away very impressed by his future position coach.
“Pat Ruel is the quintessential offensive line coach,” he said. “You have that love-hate relationship that you have with pretty much every offensive line coach, but he really has a way that makes you want to be the best that you can.
"He was a big part of my decision because you have to be close with your position coach."
With the addition of the talented offensive lineman, the Trojans now have 12 commitments in the 2010 class.
Giovanni Di Poalo Scouting Report:
At 6-4 and 254 pounds, Di Poalo plays the offensive tackle position with the athleticism of a defensive end. He is quick off the snap, uses his hands well, and maintains leverage in his blocks. He drive blocks and pass blocks equally well. A high motor tackle, Di Poalo easily gets to the second level, and it's common to see him following a play 40 yards down the field. Age and experience will add good weight to his frame. - Scott Kennedy, Scout.com
Di Poalo goes through drills at USC's Lineman Camp this summer.
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