May 25, 2010

Poggi ready for the next step

Now that he is wrapping up high school and just finished an album with his band, Jim Poggi is ready for the next step in his life. That will take the versatile 6-foot-2, 215-pound Poggi to Iowa City in June to begin his college career with the Hawkeyes. The Baltimore native talks about the upcoming move, what he looks forward to his freshman year, and much more.

Q: How close are you to graduation now?

POGGI: We are done with classes and doing senior encounter, which is like an internship, and then we graduate on June 6.

Q: What are you doing for the internship?

POGGI: I'm working at a recording studio. It's the recording studio where my band recorded. I'm helping to fix up the outside of it and some construction stuff, but mostly I'm inside learning how to use all of the controls.

Q: When are you making the move to Iowa this summer?

POGGI: June 21.

Q: Are you out there most of the summer then?

POGGI: Yeah. There's like a week off over July 4 that I'll be back for, but I'll be there the rest of the summer.

Q: Is your teammate, Anthony Ferguson, doing the same thing?

POGGI: Yeah.

Q: What are you looking forward to heading out there in June?

POGGI: I'm just looking forward to working out and getting to know the guys. Just getting my feet wet and learning the lay of the land.

Q: How often do you stay in touch with the coaches?

POGGI: I've actually talked to them quite a bit. Coach Ferentz has called me a few times and I've talked to Coach Wilson a few times.

Q: What are those conversations like?

POGGI: Just about next year. They said they're excited to get me out there and hope that we all work hard. They think we've got a pretty good class coming in, but the key is to work hard and make sure you're not slacking off.

Q: Do they have a linebacker spot in mind for you coming in or is it just a wait and see?

POGGI: It's just wait until camp. I know they like to have all three of their linebackers interchangeable. I know before Pat (Angerer) played middle linebacker, he played WILL, and they all switch around.

Q: Is that kind of one of your strengths because you have played both inside and outside in high school?

POGGI: Yeah, and our defense at Gilman is like a simplified version of theirs, so I have a decent idea of each position and know the basics.

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