Graham Pocic, the 6-foot-7, 300-pound, offensive tackle from Lemont Township (Ill.), says he has over 20 scholarship offers and although denying a leader, Pocic says he'd like to make his decision in July.
"I don't really have any favorites yet," said Pocic, a Scout.com four-star recruit ranked as the No. 23 prospect in the Midwest. "I'll have a top five by the end of this month and I'd like to commit somewhere by the end of July. I just want to focus on my senior season and winning a championship.
"I'd like to come and play by my second year," he said. "I don't mind redshirting, but I don't want to wait too long. I'll be looking closely at their strength training program and the coaches. Things like location and distance don't matter."
Pocic favors Notre Dame, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Florida State and Florida. He says they've all offered, except the Irish. He also has offers from Penn State, Tennessee, Boston College and several others.
"I grew up watching Notre Dame," he said. "I loved watching them on TV because they were always on and they have great tradition. But just because they are a school that I used to watch doesn't mean that I'm going to go there. That's not going to affect my decision at all."
The Irish are only two hours from his home. "They've been talking with me a lot, but they haven't offered yet," Pocic said.
His first scholarship offer was from in-state favorite, Illinois. "I like that I'd be able to come in and start right away," Pocic said. "I like what coach Ron Zook has done there. They have a lot of intensity at practices now and they've brought in a lot of great players."
Pocic's former teammate, (offensive center) Dave Molk, signed with Michigan in February. "He's going there and is really excited about them," he said. "I love their o-line tradition and the Big House is one of the biggest stadiums in the Big Ten."
Another Big-10 school that Pocic likes is Iowa. "It's a really nice place and I like how it's a college town."
The two schools in the South that Pocic likes are Florida and Florida State. "It's a different type of football down there," he said. "They have a lot of speed and are very athletic. They compete against the best teams every week.
"I like that Florida won the national championship last year and they should be competitive for a while.
"Florida State has the highest paid offensive line coach (Rick Trickett) in the country and he has tons of linemen in the pros. He's a great guy."
Pocic benches 350 pounds, squats 455 and has a 29-inch vertical jump. "I'm a good run blocker and am very aggressive and can stay low," Pocic said. "I like to hit and can run down people well. I run the 40 in 5.3 seconds.
"I'm working on my footwork and my pass blocking," he said. "I'd also like to get stronger and pick up blitzes faster."
He reports a 2.8 core GPA and a 22 ACT.