Baltimore (Md.) Gilman defensive tackle Henry Poggi has been very quiet throughout the recruiting process, preferring to take the low key approach to a high profile decision. Now the nation's No. 52 overall prospect is set to announce his decision on Monday and is down to two schools. Poggi breaks it down exclusively for Rivals.com.
"It's down to two, that's it," said the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder. "I like different things about each of them and they are both great schools so I can't really go wrong."
Poggi, ranked No. 2 in the country at defensive tackle but athletic enough to play defensive end and even tight end, breaks down each of his two favorites.
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"With Alabama, I've been there three times, the last time was about 3-4 weeks ago," Poggi said. "I really like coach Saban and they do things differently down there, the way they handle business and how they approach football. I know how demanding it is to go to college and play football as well as be a student so if I'm going to do that, I might as well do it at a winner. And obviously Alabama is a winner, you can't really find a program that has won more recently. I like coach Thompson a lot as well and coach Smart and I met a lot of players I like down there on my visits, guys like Vinnie Sunseri and others. Coach Saban is a business-like guy and they approach things like they expect to win all the time and don't even consider losing.
"At Michigan, I really like the academics there and I realize that football can only take me so far. This is a 40-year decision and not a four-year decision. I've been to Michigan four times, the last time about a month ago. I like the coaches a lot there, coach Hoke, coach Mattison and coach Montgomery are all great people and I bonded well with the players on my trip, guys like Kyle Bosch, Joe Bolden and some others. I know this year's class is a very tight class and I know the coaches could help me succeed."
Poggi, who will announce his decision Monday at 10AM EST, said it came down to a couple of factors in narrowing down to two schools.
"I wanted to go someplace where I fit in and liked the players and coaches," he said. "And I also wanted to go to one of the top programs in the country when it comes to potential for winning. I think I've chosen the best two for all of my needs."