Taylor Polk had a huge junior season at Brandon (Miss.) High making the second most tackles in all of MHSAA. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound linebacker has a couple of FCS offers, but is receiving heavy interest from a number of schools including Arkansas State.
"I went to camps at Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss ," he said. "Unfortunately, I injured my knee this spring so I didn't go and compete. It just me a chance to see the campuses and get to know the coaches better.
"At Arkansas State I got to talk more with Coach Thompson, who came to my high school in May, and Coach Woods, my recruiter. I liked all of the coaches there. I also like the direction the program is going under Coach Malzahn. It was actually nicer than I thought it was going to be. They have a beautiful campus."
In the Polk's junior season, he had 219 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, seven sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and two interceptions. He was named to WDBD's Jackson metro area Dream Team and his team gave him the head hunter and hustle award. Now he's about to begin his senior year and is waiting for his first big offer.
"I'd say the three [schools] I'm hearing the most from are [Mississippi] State, Arkansas State, and Louisiana Tech," Polk said on his recruiting. "My offers will probably come later, either during or after the season, because of my size. I'm lean and think I'd be able to put on 20 to 30 pounds easily. I'm just going to try and go out and have the best season I can have.
"My offers are from Northwestern State (La.), Alabama State, and the junior colleges here in Mississippi. I've also heard from Memphis, Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette, and Troy. Primarily, I want to go to a college that's interested in me. I'd like to play in a strong defense that's uptempo and likes to attack."
The Brandon Bulldogs will play Warren Central on August 17 in the Red Carpet Bowl in Vicksburg. Due to depth, Polk will play inside linebacker, instead of his natural position outside.
"I'm playing more relaxed this year," said Polk. "Instead of being anxious and wide open, I'm staying patient, taking in everything, and letting the play come to me. I'm looking to make more of an impact [this season] with more big plays, more big hits, and causing more turnovers. I'm already in game mode."
Polk will be joined on the defense by his brother, Tre, who was the starting quarterback last year from the Bulldogs. The team is coming off an 8-5 season which ended in the second round against Meridian in the 6A South state playoffs.