Polite-Bray snags Tennessee offer

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Most kids are lucky to pull in a nice dinner with their family or a sweater from their grandparents on their birthday. For DeMarquis Polite-Bray, his birthday present came wrapped in orange and white.

The Tennessee Volunteers offered Polite-Bray his first scholarship offer one day before his 17th birthday and that won't soon be forgotten.

"It was nice to get that first offer from Tennessee," Polite-Bray told InsideTennessee. "That is where my dad lived. I really appreciate Tennessee for giving me my first offer. Tennessee definitely has a special place in my heart in the future."

Polite-Bray and teammate Joshua Outlaw have been tied at the hip since they were freshmen. It was actually Outlaw who informed his friend of the offer.

"I actually found out during school from my teammate Joshua Outlaw," he said. "They offered him too. One of my coaches text him and let him know that they offered both of us."

Outlaw, who also has offers from East Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina and South Florida, could end up being a package deal with his teammate.

"Ever since we were freshmen we have been talking about going to the same school when we graduate," Polite-Bray said. "Josh already had a few offers, but this is the first school that we both got offers from. It was cool for both of us to get offered."

Polite-Bray, a 6-foot, 170-pound wide receiver out of Martin Luther King Jr. (Ga.) High School has already attended junior days at South Carolina and will head to Clemson over the weekend, but Tennessee has been on him from the beginning.

"I have always gotten mail from Tennessee," he said. "They asked me to come up for the Vanderbilt game and I did. The atmosphere was awesome at the stadium. It was the only school to invite me and send me this much mail."

Polite-Bray, who claims a 2.6 core GPA, is looking for a connection with his coaching staff at the next level.

"I am looking for a school the welcomes me, and I have true connection with the coaching staff," he said. "I would like a campus where I can see myself growing as a man and playing football. The depth chart won't really affect me. I don't mind competition because when I get to college I am going to work hard."

MLK is coming off a 12-1 season whereby it reached the GHSA Class AAAAA state quarterfinals before falling to Lassiter 24-14.

Unfortunately, an ankle injury left Polite-Bray sidelined for most of the season, which could be why he is still largely under the radar.

"My last season I was leading the team in catches until the fifth game and I hurt my ankle real bad," Polite-Bray said. "That kept me out of a lot of games this season, but I felt I started out the year really well."

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