Lions get friendly face for recruit

Penn State got record-setting Virginia quarterback Trace McSorley in its 2014 recruiting class. Now the Nittany Lions have added his favorite target for 2015.

After making his second visit to University Park in four days, Briar Woods wide receiver Brandon Polk made a verbal commitment to Penn State on Tuesday according to various Internet reports.

Polk is the ninth recruit in this recruiting class for the Lions and the second receiver – New Jersey’s Juwan Johnson committed on March 16. Stanford and Virginia Tech were considered the other top contenders for Polk’s services, and Maryland, Virginia and Wisconsin were in the mix, as well.

Where size is Johnson’s calling card, blazing speed is Polk’s ticket. He’s the Virginia Class AA champion in both the 100 and 200 meters – he set region records in both – and ran a hand-timed 4.36 40-yard dash at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Combine in San Antonio in January.

“Brandon has the God-given talent of speed and acceleration,” Briar Woods coach Charlie Pierce told the Washington Post. “He’ll get the ball on a jet sweep, run, jailbreak screen or short pass and he can make a lot of people miss while picking up lots of yards. Once he gets out in the open, he has that extra gear.”

He’s also been dynamic in the return game. At 5-foot-9, 152 pounds, Polk isn’t big, and he missed the first four games plus part of last year’s state final with injuries. However, when he’s been on the field, he’s been electric, scoring 20 touchdowns over the last two seasons. As a junior, he still had 40 catches for 631 yards and averaged close to 10 yards per carry on 24 rushes in spite of the injury.

– Philip Cmor