Gilman (Baltimore) defensive tackle and tight end Henry Poggi is following a road that has been paved by others in his family.
His father, Gilman coach Biff Poggi, played offensive tackle for Pittsburgh. Henry’s oldest brother Sam played defensive end for Duke while another brother, Jim, is a sophomore linebacker at Iowa.
The 6-4, 265-pound Poggi also plays basketball and throws the shot put, but football is definitely his future. He has said he plans to sign with Michigan, but that hasn’t kept, Alabama, Arkansas and others from continuing to recruit him.
Poggi is the focus of this week's American Family Insurance ALL-USA Watch. Until mid-December, when the postseason ALL-USA team will be announced, we’re taking a look at those who have either backed up the preseason hype or played their way into ALL-USA consideration.
This week’s player: Gilman (Baltimore) defensive tackle/tight end Henry Poggi.
2012 Stats: Had 87 tackles, including 31 for loss, 16.5 sacks and three forced fumbles and 37 hurry-ups. As a tight end, he had 18 receptions for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
Best Games: In a 13-6 defeat of Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) on Sept. 8, Poggi had 11 tackles and three and a half sacks. In a 24-14 defeat of Calvert Hall (Baltimore) on Oct. 22, Poggi had nine tackles and forced two fumbles.
Others' take: “He is unbelievable as a defensive tackle,” said Gilman assistant coach Bill McGregor. “He was double- and triple-teamed consistently, but he’s so quick off the ball, any time he was single-blocked, there was no getting past him.”
Look Out For: Dooly County (Vienna, Ga.) defensive tackle Montravius Adams. Has 78 solo tackles through 13 games and his team is playing Lincoln County (Lincolnton) in the state Class A semifinals this weekend.
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