Originally in the class of 2013, Poland was reclassified to the 2014 class because of his age, when he got to Country Day, and despite having a handful of verbal offers, played his sophomore year with two more years of high school football still to play, again.
"Making the move was a good thing because it all came down to my education," said Poland. "I wanted to do what was best for that. Coming out to California was the best thing I could have done. Now that I'm out here, my academics have picked up. I'm happy I made a change. There are a lot of things I miss about Arizona, but I'm getting a great education and I'm just going to try to stay a top prospect."
"USC and UCLA are both recruiting me and a lot of schools have told my coach they are going to check in on me during the evaluation period," said Poland. "At this point, I'm just open to anyone. I just want to go somewhere that will benefit me in the long run as a player and as a student and somewhere that I will have a good position coach in college."
Poland plays left tackle after making the move from right. He'll team up with 2013 three-star lineman Ziad Damanhoury to form one of the more formidable tackle tandems in the West.
"I was originally playing right tackle, but now they have me playing left tackle," said Poland. "I'll play either side though, that's what an athlete does."
Poland also plays basketball, planning to play this summer with the Compton Magic, the same AAU team that Arik Armstead, the West's top football prospect in the 2012 class, played for. And like Armstead, Poland wouldn't mind an opportunity to play basketball in college, though it isn't a make-or-break thing for him.
"I'm focusing on football, but if there is a way to play basketball and I wanted to have some fun, I'll play basketball. I like staying in shape and basketball definitely helps with that," said Poland.