Signing Day Spotlight: Denzel Polk

Denzel Polk of Kingsway Regional (Woolwich Township, N.J.) High School, signed with the United States Naval Academy on Wednesday. Look inside for a photo and quotes from Polk.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound defensive end/outside linebacker committed to Navy's Dale Pehrson in July 28th, 2014.

"I think about the payoff with going to Navy. I get to attend one of the best schools, academic-wise, in the country and play football at one of the most storied football programs in history. I love how the (Navy) coaches recruited me. They were honest with me throughout the whole process that started last April. They never asked me to go to camp, but believed in me from the start just from my film. They stayed true to everything they said."

Polk gave his verbal commitment to Navy last summer over heavy interest from Boston College, Pittsburgh and N.C. State.

"Coach Pehrson came in with an offer at outside linebacker. They told me they fell in love with my speed off the edge and plan on using me a lot as a stand-up pass rusher, but still be able to get out in the flat and cover running backs. A couple of things they said they really appreciate about my game are my intensity and my motor."

In his senior year at Kingsway Regional, Polk was named first team All-South Jersey for a second straight season, first team All-Group 4, and first team All-State at defensive end. On the season, he finished with 73 tackles, 17 for loss, and 10 sacks to help his team advance to the state semifinals. Denzel is the son of Gail and Gerry Polk. He will start at NAPS in the summer. Polk plans on majoring in history at the USNA and looks forward to his Naval adventure as an opportunity to "see the world."

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