October 2, 2013
Georgia lineman hopes to see ND
Junior offensive lineman Nick Polino landed his first offer last month and he continues to draw interest from dozens of other college programs across the country, including Notre Dame.
The Irish send regular mail and have invited the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder from Buford High School to attend a game this fall.
"They are the most consistent school I've heard from mail-wise," Polino said. "They send me probably eight or so letters every day. I haven't had a chance to talk to any coaches yet but I am trying to get up to a game there sometime."
Polino considered attending the Shamrock Series Game in Dallas this weekend but that won't happen. He does plan to attend a game in South Bend at some point this season.
"They've sent me their home schedule, I just haven't got into contact with the coaches," Polino said. "My father and I already agreed to be up there whenever we can to see a game since it's a once in a lifetime experience. That's why I'm so eager to get up there, because it is one of the most prestigious football programs in history and easily has the most history and tradition of any program I've ever heard of. I'm hoping to have a great experience."
Georgia Tech was the first school to extend a scholarship offer to Polino. Several others are getting closer.
"Notre Dame, Georgia, Tennessee and Auburn are increasing their interest every week," he said. "I keep hearing more and more from them every day and have never heard anything bad about any of the universities, so it really is exciting."
Polino is focused on his junior season but he's keeping active in the recruiting process.
He doesn't expect to identify a list of favorites until he's had a chance to visit more schools and evaluate any other offers he receives.
"I am new to this whole experience and am so honored by the universities showing interest in me that it's hard to pick a top right now," he said. "I am interested in all of them."
Buford is off to a 4-0 start this season with a big win over defending 5A champ Gainesville in week two.
The guard prospect has played a big role in his team's success.
"I've been playing really solid," he said. "I've had the highest blocking grade and am leading the team in knock downs. I feel like after having a year experience I've been a lot more confident in my play. I've been finishing blocks better and have seen more poise in my pass sets on film."
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