Time is right for Polk

Washington made a very good first impression on Jordan Polk early on in the recruiting process. For the 5-foot-10, 176-pound receiver prospect from Lincoln High School in downtown Portland, Ore., the school to the north intrigued him. He went up on an unofficial visit to Montlake with his Mother during the Boise State game, and Wednesday he finished off the recruiting process.

"I wanted to do it, I just needed to know a couple more things about it (school)," Polk told Scout.com about his verbal commitment to Tyrone Willingham and the Washington Huskies. He found out some more academic information, like some of the subject areas he could go into, and once that passed muster with Mother Loretta Smith, the rest was already taken care of.

"We did our due diligence and we talked to parents," Smith told Scout.com Wednesday night, right after her son made his pledge. "We heard great things about Coach Willingham and his staff about how they deal with the kids as athletes and as people. It gave us a good feeling. It felt to us that he could be someone you could turn your 18-year old kid over to and feel good about it."

"I'm really happy," added Polk. "It was a family decision."

The visit during the Boise State game confirmed to both Polk and Smith what they already believed to be true; Washington was a place Polk could see himself for the next four or five years. "It gave us a feel for how the coaching staff was," Smith said of the visit. "And the staff were very sincere. It felt like family. They are a team on the rise, and we think it's a place Jordan can go and grow in his college career. We like the quarterback (Jake Locker) and the other team members as well. It looks like they are building on something, and he wanted to be a part of it."

And for Smith's part, it doesn't hurt that she will only be a few hours away from her son. "The Pacific Northwest is beautiful," she said.

"They (Washington) were doing everything the right way," added Polk. "They have a quarterback that's awesome right now, and I just want to be a part of it. Coach Willingham is a great guy, and everybody on the coaching staff - Coach (Charlie) Baggett, Coach (Randy) Hart, for recruiting me - I'm just happy. I couldn't ask for nothin' else."

So what was Willingham's reponse to the news? "I told him that I want to be a Husky," Polk said of his conversation. "And he was like, 'I know you can put up points and I know you are going to work hard'. I'm just going to worry about high school right now, win some games, and when college comes, I'm just going to ball. That's what I'm going to do."

Now that the decision is done, Polk can go back to doing what he does best - make plays. He leads the state in receiving yards (720), averaging 22 yards a catch. He's also scored 10 times. "It's a big relief," he said. "I'm just going to have fun now. It's a big load off my back."

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