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USC commit taking visits

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USC commit Chris Polk (5-11, 190, 4.5) from Redlands (Calif.) East Valley is more than living up to his reputation as one of the best players in Southern California. He has been getting the job done in so many ways on the gridiron and he's also getting it done in the classroom as he is set to graduate in December.
"Chris can breathe easier now," Redlands East Valley coach Kurt Bruich said. "He just scored a 1370 on his SAT and he's all set to graduate in December. He's already getting his enrollment requirements ready for USC.
Though the Trojans look good for Polk, he is taking visits.
"Chris has already been to Washington," Bruich said. "He has set up visits to Oregon and Cal. He's visiting Oregon this weekend.
"Chris just wants to make sure that USC is the place for him."
Polk has been outstanding his senior season and is one of the main reasons that Redlands East Valley (REV) is a perfect 8-0.
"Chris has taken it to another level," Bruich said. "He's running the football with purpose and has really learned how to break tackles.
"The thing that separates Chris from most high school backs is his ability to read the inside zone," Bruich said. "If he does end up at wide receiver they should still rum him on the fly sweep.
"As a receiver, he is a running back once he catches the ball."
After close calls in the first two games, it hasn't been close since as REV has been smoking the completion since then, but this evening Polk will need to be at his best because REV will be taking on another undefeated 8-0 team in Fontana (Calif.) A.B. Miller.
In eight games this season, Polk has carried the ball 117 times for 1,465 yards and 21 touchdowns while averaging 12.5 yards per carry.
As a receiver, Polk has 12 receptions for 203 yards and four receiving touchdowns while averaging 25.4 yards per catch.
He also has 101 yards on kick returns.
Polk's senior season shouldn't be coming at a surprise to anyone as he hauled in 62 receptions for 1,167 yards and 12 receiving touchdowns while averaging 18.8 yards per catch his junior season.
In a precursor as a running back, he ended up rushing for 384 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns on the ground while averaging 6.2 yards per rush in 2006.
As a sophomore, Polk led East Valley in rushing with 446 yards and four touchdowns. He was second on the team with 764 receiving yards. He also had 64 receptions and eight touchdowns.
Adding into the equation is Polk's ability as a punt and return kicks. He had 390 return yards as a sophomore and led East Valley in total yards as a sophomore with 1,600.
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