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Football: USC gets commitment from St. Bonaventure lineman

July 31, 2009 |  5:23 pm

Giovanni DiPoalo, a top offensive lineman from Ventura St. Bonaventure, has committed to USC, his father, Joe, confirmed Friday. He was also considering Stanford.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound DiPoalo is known for his athleticism and versatility. It's no surprise he decided to commit early because lots of other offensive linemen are expected to follow in August trying to get their college choices out of the way before fall practice begins.

DiPoalo said he went to USC Friday to take an unofficial visit and ended up in Coach Pete Carroll's office with his family and an assistant coach.

"I said, 'I want to be a Trojan,' " DiPoalo said. "They all jumped up excited and clapped. It was great."

DiPoalo said he'll become a center at USC and is being compared to former Trojan Ryan Kalil.

-- Eric Sondheimer