Recruiting Update: Ray Polk

With stack of offers, 4-star running back Ray Polk from Brophy Prep (Phoenix, AZ) says that he is still wide open.

RB Ray Polk from Brophy is not only one of the top prospects in Arizona but was recently given a 4-star ranking and ranked the #29 running back in the entire country by Brophy was a common stop for college recruiters and Polk has piled up a nice stack of offers. He says he is still wide open but a few have emerged as leaders and he chats with about them.


The 6-0 200 pounder holds offers from Washington, Michigan, Utah, Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Oregon State, Nevada and Oklahoma State but says that Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Michigan, Washington, Oklahoma State and Oregon State are among his top choices but denies a leader at this point.


On Arizona:


"They are an up and coming program but they lost some scholarships because of academics. I like Coach Stoops as a coach. I like the atmosphere. The negatives are I don't think I fit in the pass offense." He said that the Wildcats were among his early favorites and even gave thought to committing early but the scholarship losses and uncertainty of how he fits in the offense have made him have second thoughts.


On Arizona State:


"It's a pretty good school. I like the offense they run and like the coach. It is close to home, it would be like living in my own backyard. I am looking forward to seeing where it goes."


On Colorado:


"One of my old coaches is there (Mark Nolan). They had a rough season and have no where to go but up. They have good academics but they are rebuilding and are another two years before they get back in the mix. I like the coach but I really don't know much about them. I hear it is a nice campus and good environment. They are still in the mix but are another school that lost scholarships to violations."


On Michigan:


"It is a very good football school without a doubt. The degree would be a good. Coach Carr runs a good offense. He has said I could possibly get playing time as a freshman. It is a great all around program, I am very excited about it. I still need to check it out, it is a long ways from home."


On Washington:


"I don't know too much about them. I know the have a good coach. I didn't think they were ever going to offer. I am looking forward to learning more about them."


On Oklahoma State, where is father played:


"Coach Luper (RB coach) tracked that down (father being OSU alum). It would be a good situation for me. They have a sophomore and senior running back so I could play as a freshman. They have a really dangerous offense. It's a good program, they have a ton of spending money for football."


On Oregon State:


"I really like Coach Cavanaugh (OL coach that recruits Arizona) a lot. They have a good offense for me and have had a number of good tailbacks. They are very interested in me and I am interested in them. I am looking forward to visiting."


Polk also says that Cal, USC and Florida have started show interest but none have offered. He will camp at USC this Thursday and Friday. He has no other camp plans or plans for any unofficial visits this summer. He states, "I was thinking about going to Michigan but figured I would visit with 100,000 people (at a game)."


Don't expect a commitment any time soon for Polk, he says, "I want to see how campus is during the school year. Maybe during the season, after some visits but things can change."


Polk's success in the hurdles in track has been well documented and he says that some schools have told him he could do both but is not sure that he wants to. He did say that it was a "good thing" that schools would be supportive if he wanted to.


Ray reports a 2.7 GPA and has not taken his SAT.


Polk rushed for 1400 yards and 22 TDs last year. He was a 1st team all region and all 5A selection. Here are clips of Polk versus St. Mary's High School in Phoenix:


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