Four-star Polamalu talks Rutgers, recruiting

Four-star Pottsgrove High (Pottstown, Pa.) running back/linebacker Maika Polamalu spent his second straight weekend on the Rutgers camps when he took part in the BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics. He has heard from Rutgers, but is he eager to learn more about the Scarlet Knights? Polamalu gives that answer, and also talks about his recruitment process.

PISCATAWAY – It doesn't seem to matter what numbers Pottsgrove High (Pottstown, Pa.) four-star product Maika Polamalu puts up.

He ran for 1,450 yards and 20 touchdowns on 163 carries as a junior. Defensively, he made 53 tackles, had five sacks and recovered two fumbles, and since he plays on the same team as four-star cornerback Terrell Chestnut, he is getting the exposure.

However, the 6-foot, 208-pound Polamalu isn't getting the type of interest he was hoping. His written offers are from Temple and Villanova, and he said Penn State gave a verbal offer in the fall.

Polamalu was at Rutgers for the BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics, last weekend.

"It's a little (frustrating) because I feel I can play at the next level,'' Polamalu said. "I've been to these events, and I've been to the Army game, and I've been everywhere and I've seen the competition, and I feel I can play with it. I just have to prove I can play the position I'm going to play at.''

It was Polamalu's second straight weekend on the Rutgers' campus, and he is eager to learn more about the Scarlet Knights.

"I've talked to them a few times, but I haven't really gotten deep into it yet,'' Polamalu said. "They've come down to our school a few times. The problem I'm having is most schools feel like I'm locked in to Penn State because I grew up there and my father went there, but (schools) don't understand that's not the case.''

Another possible problem Polamalu is facing is his position.

He is a running back and linebacker at Pottsgrove, and was a linebacker at the BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics. But schools are looking at him as a strong safety in college. He is also particular about the college he will attend.

"I'll only go to the ones where I feel I can fit into the system,'' Polamalu said. "I'm not going to go a school I'm not going to play at, or I don't fit into the system at all. I'm going to do some research and figure out where I fit in.

"Offensively, it's what Alabama did, the straight I-formation. The problem I'm having defensively is I'm a hybrid, in between a strong safety or a linebacker.''

Polamalu was pleased with the way he performed at the BadgerSport event, and hopes word spreads about it.

"I think this is a really good test because a lot of recruiters are debating my lateral speed, my cover abilities and my overall speed,'' he said. "So I think this is a good opportunity to get out and show what I can do. I don't think I test well in the 40 and all that, but I can go faster on the field.''

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