“At this point it doesn't really matter, I am going to work hard regardless of whatever ranking they have me at,” Grant Polley said of his new blue-chip status. “It is always good to see some people have started to take notice, but even if that hadn't happened, it wouldn't have stopped me from working.”
Jake Moretti, KD Nixon and Laviska Shenault Jr. are the other four-star prospects on the Buffaloes' commitment list, and Colorado is still in the mix for blue-chip recruits K'Lavon Chaisson and Josh Falo as signing day approaches.
Polley took an official visit to Texas earlier this month, but the day after returning home from Austin, he re-affirmed his commitment to Colorado on Twitter.
“It definitely was difficult because Texas is a great school and they have a great coaching staff there. There were a lot of positive things over there but ultimately, when I sat down, I could not find any reason to flip over to them,” Polley said.
“Colorado is where I want to be,” he continued. “I get a special feeling when I am at Colorado. I don't know what it is, but I know there is something special happening there. You don't feel that at other schools.”
Polley's teammate Chris Miller, who has been verbally committed to the Buffaloes since June, is still struggling to make a final decision. Miller took an official visit to Ole Miss last weekend and he rumored to be considering Baylor as well.
“I am always going to support him either way because that is my friend,” Polley said of Miller. “I am definitely going to encourage him to stay with CU, but it is ultimately his decision. You have to go where you are happy.”
Polley felt his play through four games as a senior “was really strong” before he suffered a knee injury. He continued to play through the injury and helped Denton to a 9-1 regular season.
Polley tested out his knee during the first day of practices out in Orlando for the Under Armour All-American game but he decided to sit out the rest of the week, and did not play in the game.
“It is a patellofemoral (MPFL) injury. It is one of the ligaments that keeps the knee cap in place,” Polley explained. “I need to have a minor surgery just so I don't have to worry about it later on in life. It is not a major tendon, though, it is just something I want to get fixed.”
Polley lined up at offensive tackle for Denton but will most likely factor in as a guard when he begins practicing with the Buffaloes this summer.
Colorado offensive line coach Klayton Adams is set to stop by to meet with Polley one last time in person on Thursday evening, before signing day, which will feature a ceremony at Denton High School.
“It has been such a long gratifying journey,” Polley said as he reflected on the recruiting process. “I am just glad to be at the point I am at where my parents don't have to pay for my education and I get to go to college and do something I enjoy doing. Not a lot of kids get this opportunity and I am extremely grateful. That is why I shut down my recruiting, at this point, I am just ready to get with these guys and go to work because we have big plans ahead.”