Florida OT has some visits he "must" take

This Florida offensive lineman appears to be closing in on a Blue Devil offer very soon. With several high majors already jumping in, could Duke change things up by pulling the trigger? We get the answer to that and much more.

Checking in at 6-foot-6 and 295 pounds with 5.2 forty time on the books, Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte High standout Grant Polk has no shortage of interest - much of it from high major programs.

"I have offers from Mississippi State, Virginia, Cincinnati, USF, ECU, South Alabama, FAU, FIU, GA Southern and Middle Tennessee State," said Polk. "I am being recruited by Duke, Wake Forrest, NC State, Indiana, Purdue, U Conn, Miami, Missouri, Florida, Florida State, UCF, Georgia and Temple."

"Right now I haven't begun to narrow my list down, but I will sometime in July. I am planning on graduating in December so that I can enroll early and participate in Spring Practice. This means I'll be deciding on my school before my season starts."

Though he currently resides in Florida, Polk is familiar with North Carolina and the immediate surrounding areas. This means distance won't be a factor when he narrow things down in a several weeks.

"I previously lived in North Carolina and went to Owen High School in Black Mountain N.C. my sophomore year, where I lettered in Football, Basketball and Baseball. So I am very comfortable leaving Florida and my parents want me to go where I feel the most comfortable."

With a truncated timetable factoring in, are there any visits Polk feels he needs to take?

"Duke, Mississippi State, Virginia, Wake Forrest, Georgia and Florida for sure. I would say the "maybe's" are ECU, Miami, FSU, USF, Missouri, N.C. State, MSTU, FIU, FAU, GA Southern & USA. I am going to try to at least visit all the schools that have offered me.

Polk says his relationship with the Duke coaches is what has been the catalyst for making a trip to Durham "a must".

"Coach Petry has been my main contact at Duke. He is a good man and I have a good relationship with him. I visited Duke in March and met Coach Latina. He asked me several questions pertaining to offensive line play and he seemed like the kind of coach I would enjoy playing for."

According to Polk the Blue Devils appear to be moving toward an offer while continuing to built a relationship and consistent selling points.

"I think their main selling point is an opportunity to play at an up-and-coming program, where you can get a great education. I also like the stability as I don't foresee Coach Cucliffe and his staff going anywhere else anytime soon."

"They've told me they really like my footwork and the fact that I play with a mean streak, and they like that I can basically play anywhere on the O-line. They sum it up by saying ‘Come to Duke and play for championships while getting a great education'."

Already named a captain for the upcoming season, Polk says he's looking forward to the 2014 season at Providence.

"I'm going to play tackle, and maybe some defensive line as well. With being a senior I am going to try to be a little bit more vocal, but I will continue to try to lead by example."

Polk is considered a three star prospect by Scout.com


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