Cats impress in-state RB

The state of Arizona has a number of top tier running backs this year. Both the Wildcats and the Sun Devils are trying to keep as many elite Grand Canyon State athletes within their programs. One of those running backs has both of the schools on his list but was in Tucson this week and came away very impressed.

Brophy running back Ray Polk boasts a Wildcat offer and decided to make an unofficial visit. A track meet kept him from attending the spring game but he was in town of Friday and came away with a great feeling about Arizona.

"I was very impressed," Polk said. "They are building a great program."

Arizona had long been under consideration by the Phoenix area running back, but now the Wildcats are near the top of the list.

"I am really considering them," Polk said. "The visit made a huge difference."

Polk was impressed by the facilities, the coaches and the players. He knows former Brophy standouts Cole Graybill and B.J. Dennard and clicked with some of the other current players.

Although the visit went great, he wasn't ready to make a decision.

"I still need to explore my options," Polk said. "I am still trying to figure out which places are the best fit for me. Arizona is definitely at the top of the list."

Arizona State is also near the top for Polk. Like Arizona, he knows a number of the Sun Devil players and likes the offense and new coach Dennis Erickson.

Other schools that he is considering right now include Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Colorado, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State. In fact, he's not ready to rule out anyone. He wants to wait and see who all offers and what schools get involved before narrowing down his list.

"I can't believe how fast the recruiting process has been," Polk said. "I need to see what happens over the next few months. I don't really have a set time to make a decision. When I feel the fit is right, I'll pick a school."

With only one year of varsity football under his belt, Polk feels like he has only begun to scratch the surface of his ability. That lack of exposure is part of the reason he is not quick to pull the trigger.

"I've only gotten one year to put myself out there," Polk explained. "I am not going to rush anything. I want to play out the whole process."

Polk did add that he ideally wants to make a decision before the end of his senior season.

He will attend the Nike Combine in Palo Alto and is considering a number of team camps.

The school that gets him will be the one that best suits him as a player and a person.

"I am looking for the best all around fit," Polk said. "I want to find a place I can play, find a place I enjoy being at. Somewhere that will allow me to reach my full potential. A place I can get all that I can from it."

There is a long way to go in the recruitment of Ray Polk, but one thing is for sure, the two in-state schools are in it until the end.

"They'll be in it, but they won't be the only ones"


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