Being Polite and open to everybody

Ryan Polite, 2011 quarterback out of Desoto High School lead his talented football team to the semifinals of the State 7v7 tournament in College Station, Tx. Even after suffering a tough loss he was kind enough to give SI an interview. Check inside to see what he had to say.

Last season Ryan Polite, 2011 quarterback out of Desoto High School led his team to the second round of the Texas 5A state playoffs. Polite who stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 200 pounds at the moment, finished the season throwing for 1548 yards and 16 touchdowns with 13 interceptions while also rushing for 385 yards and 6 more rushing touchdowns. Not a bad season considering he was only a sophomore. 

Coming into the tournament Desoto seemed like a team that could make a run at the championship. And even though they fell short, Polite still believes they did better than everybody expected which may be due to this being their first ever appearance at the state 7v7 tournament. 

"We did better than everybody expected, but we could have done better," Polite said. "We had hoped to make it to the championship but we got to the final four so that's pretty good."

Desoto seems to always be loaded with talent at the skills positions and this year is no different with guys like 2010 WR Darius Terrell (Texas), 2011 RB Marcus Murphy, and 2011 WR David Porter. Polite talked about what it's like playing with this kind of talent around him and how it makes his job easier. 

"It makes my job easier," Polite began. "Everything is easy with them because you can throw a 5-yard pass and get 30-yards off of it. It's amazing."

Even with all the 7v7 tournaments going on in the summer Polite was able to attend a few camps.

"I went to a couple of camps," Polite began. "I went to Texas, Oklahoma State, Baylor and I'm probably forgetting some but I can't remember right now. 

Polite wasn't able to attend the Oklahoma camp this year but talked about his freshman year when he was able to attend the camp in Norman, Ok.

"I went to their camp last year as a freshman and stayed in the dorms for a little but I didn't get to go this year," Polite stated.

Polite seemed to like working with Oklahoma quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel as he couldn't hold off a smile when asked about the experience.

"It was pretty good, I like to talk to him," Polite explained with a smile. "I watched him play too. He helped me with my footwork a lot."

Growing up it seems Polite watched quite a bit of the Sooners with the mention of watching Josh Heupel. Polite talked more about watching Oklahoma when asked if he had interest in the Sooners. 

"Yeah a little bit," Polite informed of his interest in the Sooners. "I loved Oklahoma, watching them play. Yeah I got interest in Oklahoma, Texas and all of them."

Living between Norman, Ok and Austin, Tx it's easy to have interest in the two teams you see on TV the most every year. However, Polite states he is open to who ever. 

"I'm open right now to everybody," Polite said.

With the season approaching and an opening game matchup with heavily talented Cedar Hill that will be televised on ESPN, Polite informed SI about his remaining summer plans.

"I'm just going to get ready for the season and get ready to go play," Polite stated.


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