Chris Polk: 2008 Prospect

One of the top playmakers in next year's recruiting class will be athlete Chris Polk of Redlands East Valley High School (Calif.) Polk could play several positions on either side of the ball when he lands on a college campus, but his playmaking ability will likely keep him on offense.

With 26 touchdowns and over 1,000 total yards, junior Chris Polk (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) is used to receiving a lot of attention. Generally that attention has come from opposing defenses, but with his ability to make plays he has also caught the attention of college recruiters.

"I've been getting a lot of letters from Notre Dame," Polk responded when asked if the Irish had been in contact with him. "I really don't know much about Notre Dame, but I am interested in them.

"I'm also getting stuff from Michigan, USC, UCLA, Oregon, and a bunch of other schools. This summer I went to USC and UCLA. I just went to check out practice and see what it was like.

"Coach Bruich has been sending out my tape, and right now I like UCLA, USC, Michigan Notre Dame and Oregon," he said. "I wouldn't mind moving so distance wouldn't be a problem, although I wouldn't mind staying out here either.

"I'm going to look for a really good program. Academics and the overall program are important. If they're a good team and they have a good academic program I'll be interested in going there."

Redlands East doesn't play freshman at the varsity level, but once Polk began his sophomore year his coaches knew they had a special player.

"I've started since my sophomore year," Polk explained. "I just went out and made plays and my coaches trusted me to score.

"I play receiver right now and I also play free safety. I prefer offense more though because I've played it my whole life. It's more fun to play offense because I like to make plays.

"I think playing defense is easy though because I kind know what the offense is trying to do. Still I'd like to play receiver or running back in college," he said. Top Stories