March 20, 2012

Recruiters taking notice of Polk

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For Columbus (Ohio) Whetstone athlete Dezwan Polk, the recruiting process is starting to take off. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound outside linebacker/defensive end is coming off a junior season in which he recorded 61 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, and four sacks and college recruiters are beginning to take notice.

"(I'm hearing from) Ohio State, Illinois, Duke, Toledo, Ohio, Pitt, Kent State, Iowa, Miami (OH), Cincinnati, Princeton, and that's about it," he said. "I have offers from Ohio and Toledo."

The two MAC offers just came in recently for Polk and getting those first couple offers on the board was a good feeling for the athletic defender.

"It was exciting, it felt real good," he said. "The coaches emailed me and I called and that is when they offered me."

Polk has been busy taking junior day visits during the off-season and so far has seen six campuses up close and personal.

"I've been to Duke, Illinois, Ohio State, Toledo, Ohio, and Akron," he said.

Polk was at Ohio State last month for a junior day and enjoyed his time checking out the campus and speaking with his main recruiter.

"It was good, I liked it," Polk said. "We just toured the facility and got to meet a lot of kids and then we ate. We went over like the game plan and the locker room so that was nice. I got to talk to coach (Luke) Fickell, he said that I'm a good athlete."

As a Columbus kid, it's not a big surprise which school Polk favors at the moment.

"Ohio State (is my favorite)," he said. "It's a good school and they have exactly what I want to go to college for (sports medicine)."

Polk plans to come back to Ohio State for camp in June and will also participate at the Nike camp the first week of May. Much of his focus right now is on improving his game in order to have a big senior season.

"I'm just trying to gain weight, get faster and just be more aware (on the field)," he said.

Polk added that he plans on taking an unofficial visit to Cincinnati at some point for a spring practice.


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