November 27, 2007

Polk's team making run at a state title

Ray Polk had said at one point during his recruitment that he might wait until signing day to announce his college decision. So when news broke that he had committed to the University of Colorado back in mid-October, it caught some by surprise.

Since making that pledge, the 6-foot-0, 195-pound running back from Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep has been able to focus solely on his senior season.

Polk suffered a concussion in the second half of Brophy Prep's game against Salpointe Catholic in the first round of the Class 5A Division 1 playoffs. He was forced to watch from the sideline as they defeated Corona del Sol, 42-21, in the quarterfinals.

"It was hard to just watch but they played great and I had confidence the whole time that they would take care of business," Polk expressed. "They did great."

Polk will be back in action when they play Hamilton in the semifinals next Friday. They lost to the Huskies, 29-6, in the regular season.

"I'm not too sure about the severity of the concussion but I know it was definitely a concussion," he explained. "I was out of it for a period of time. I wasn't really sure what was going on when I woke up. But the doctor said it is the fastest he has even seen someone snap out of a concussion. He said I recovered amazingly well. I'm feeling great now."

In the nine games he has played this season, Polk rushed for 947 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had rushed for 1,423 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior.

"It is different stepping out on the field this year as compared to last season," Polk said. "Last year, I didn't really have to worry about much because no one knew who I was and the only way to go was up. I was able to come out and surprise some teams.

"Now this year, as a player, I definitely notice a change in the way defenses look at me. I notice that I am covered in certain situations in which I wasn't last year. So I definitely notice a difference but it is great because it just steps up my game and helps make me a better player."

Since Polk committed to Colorado, most colleges have backed off in their recruitment of him.

Is there a possibility that he could take some official visits to other colleges? "I am not planning on doing that at all," he stated. "But if an opportunity presents itself I will definitely consider it. But at this moment, I am looking forward to playing CU football and being a Buff."

Colorado gained bowl eligibility with their win over Nebraska last Friday. Polk has taken notice of the Buffaloes' success on the gridiron this season.

"They've definitely proven me wrong," he said. "I never expected them to have a bad season but coming off the season they had last year, they just exploded onto the scene. They beat Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Nebraska. I am really excited to play up there when I get done with high school."

Polk is ranked by as the nation's 11th best running back prospect from the Class of 2008.

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