Tale of the Tape: Ray Polk

Evaluation of RB Ray Polk from Brophy HS (Phoenix, AZ) from Scout.com's Southwest Region's Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell.

Bio:

 

Name- Ray Polk

School- Brophy Prep (Phoenix, AZ)

Position- RB

Height- 6-1

Weight- 190

Stats- Rushed for 1423 yards and 21 TDs as a junior

Honors- 1st team all region and 1st team all 5A selection

 

Breakdown: (from one full game on film and two live games)

 

Positives

 

Athleticism- Polk stands 6'1 190 pounds and runs between 4.4 and 4.5 in the forty. Polk was actually a safety prior to his junior year and stepped in and had a great junior season.

 

Speed- Polk is one of the state's top performers in the 110 and 300 hurdles. As a sophomore he won the 5A state title in the 110 hurdles, posting a season best time of 14.17. In the 300 hurdles he ran a best time of 38.18. That success has continued his junior year running 14.34 and 38.71 thus far this year while getting over a hamstring injury. That speed definitely translates to the football field where he shows the ability to get outside. He shows very good breakaway speed. I think his speed is good enough that it would carry over to the college level.

 

Negatives

 

Runs High- Polk runs a little high and reminds me of Eddie George in that aspect. It doesn't help his running between the tackles. He is much more effective and productive on the edge.

 

Experience- Polk was not even the starter for Brophy in week 1. An injury to Nick Natale moved Polk into the starter's role and he never looked back. Brophy went 9-3 last year, so Polk has only 11 games as a RB to his name.

 

Here are clips of Polk versus St. Mary's HS from his junior year. He rushed for 187 yards in this game:

 

 

Bottomline:

 

Polk's size and speed ratio will garner plenty of attention from college recruiters. He already holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon State, expect more. He is still growing as a player and his best football is still ahead of him. There is no doubt that Polk will play divison-one level. I am sure he will get plenty of midmajor offers but I think he will end up at a midlevel BCS conference school.


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