The state of Texas always produces great linebackers, but the 2011 class is expected to be even better than normal. One junior outside linebacker the Mustangs have had their eye on for quite some time is Woodrow Wilson star Chad Polk. Polk recorded 106 tackles with two sacks during his sophomore year, but it was his junior season that has impressed multiple colleges. A total of 206 tackles, 14 sacks, and plenty of tackles for loss.
"I can definitely drop back in coverage, but my coaches never have me do it. They like me running towards the quarterback," said Polk.
Polk currently lists his favorites as LSU, Kansas, Oklahoma State, and SMU. He is also getting interest from Texas, Kentucky, Texas Tech, and Wisconsin. Currently he does not have any offers, but expects them to start flowing in soon.
"SMU has been talking about offering, but I don't know. They told my head coach and he told me that they are getting close," stated Polk to PonyStampede.com. "I think that their success is amazing. June Jones has come in and done a great job. They are going to be a big time program really soon."
Polk's interest in the Mustangs is very strong. The junior has visited multiple games and multiple practices. Including a trip a few weeks ago, as SMU was preparing for their bowl game.
"The school really interests me. It's really close for me and my family and it's a great education. It's definitely what I'm looking for in a college," said the linebacker. "I was looking mostly at the defense and watching how they run things on that side of the ball. I could see myself playing in their system. It's a pretty good system. They really got after it."
So what is the recruit looking for in a school when the offers do start to arrive?
"Education is going to be my biggest thing. My parents will be a big influence in where I go to school. My mom wants me to fit into where ever I go. My mom gets excited with SMU's academic reputation," said the junior.
Polk will visit the U.S. Army Combine in the coming weeks and hit camps this summer. We will have more with the junior later this off-season.