Dudley E. Dawson is a reporter for Hawgs Illustrated. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Polk and parents felt official love for Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas is trying its best to win over Lufkin, Texas, junior wide receiver Ja’Lynn Polk, and may have already landed his parents.
That was the assessment from Polk (6-3, 185) after his official visit to Fayetteville this weekend.
“They love it more than me,” Polk said. “For real.”
Polk and Lufkin safety Jarrion Thompson were both on their official treks this weekend and mentioned the feel of family that Razorbacks coach Chad Morris has created.
“Being at coach Morris’ house, enjoying the time and all being together,” Polk said of the highlight of the visit. “Him treating us like we were family.
“The people and the coaches. Like I said, they make us feel like we are home. That is the best part about it.”
Polk, who has offers from Houston, Baylor, Illinois, Kansas and Louisiana Tech, said he has seen improvement in Arkansas since he visited earlier during spring practice.
“It was real nice,” Polk said. “I see a lot of stuff they have improved on and I feel like I can be a part of that.”
He sees Arkansas coming together as one in support of its athletic programs and that is a big positive in his recruitment.
“The fans, the community, the population, they all come together,” Polk said. “They are like a team really - all one.”
He also enjoyed spending time with Morris, wide receivers coach Justin Stepp and running backs coach Jeff Traylor.
“It was real good,” Polk said. “I enjoyed it. I enjoyed Coach Stepp, Coach Traylor and Coach Morris. It was amazing.”
Polk, whose player host was freshman wide receiver Mike Woods, had 37 catches for 700 yards and 9 touchdowns as a junior and 40 catches for 667 yards and six scores as a sophomore.
He plans to have all of his official visits done and a decision made before his senior season starts. Polk does not have any other visits scheduled right now.
“I am just working it out now,” Polk said. “I am going to see. Before (the season) for sure.”
He didn’t rule out a quick pledge to Arkansas.
“We are going to see,” Polk said. “We don’t know yet. We are going to see.”
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