Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern wide receiver Cameron Polk is rather new to the game of football and the recruiting process. But, as one of his mentors Greg Brookey explains, it's just the beginning for this playmaker who is one of the fun guys to root for in the business of football.
Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern wide receiver Cameron Polk
can kick a 55-yard field goal. He can also run the 40-yard dash in under 4.45 seconds.
Greg Brookey, who operates All-Pro Sports and trains some of the top players in Indiana
, couldn't help but notice the raw athlete when he first laid eyes on him.
"I was watching a 7 vs. 7 game last summer, and this really good-looking athlete caught my attention on the field," Brookey said. "When he told me he had just started playing football that year, I wasn't surprised. But, I saw he had everything that you want in a BCS wide receiver. He's a tall, long-armed athlete. And, he's only in his second year of playing football."
Due to the exposure some kids get throughout the recruiting process, the plethora of offers that roll in may not even phase a blue-chip kind of guy. However, though Polk doesn't differ much from the top-ranked players on the field, he's still learning how the recruiting process works.
"He called me when he got his first offer from UMass in November, and he was so excited," Brookey said. "I congratulated him, and we hung up. A couple minutes later he called back, and asked, ‘What does that mean? How much money do I get?' I said, ‘Cameron, you got a full scholarship, you don't have to pay for anything.' He had no idea."
Since then, Polk has picked up offers from Louisville
and Ball State
, and the 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver has seen his potential really take off.
"He is talking with coaches every day now, and he was behind everyone else when he first started," Brookey said. "No one knew about him, and now, he's one of the best prospects in the state. Ohio
, and UCLA
are some schools that are showing interest right now."
Before trying his hand (and foot) in football, Polk excelled on the soccer field.
"I've played soccer for a really long time," Polk said. "I was a forward. Then, I started playing a little bit of football, and it just came kind of natural. So, I figured I'd give it a shot. I went out my sophomore year as a kicker or punter, not as anything else really. I'm pretty fast though, so I got my shot at wide receiver and things went from there."
Brookey calls Polk "a breath of fresh air," and has really enjoyed seeing him improve so quickly since first seeing him rely on raw athleticism last summer.
"Cameron is such a quiet, laid back, humble kid," Brookey said. "He's really appreciative of all the attention he's getting. After coaching so many kids over the years, it's nice when you have a kid like Cameron. He's works really hard, and he carries a 3.4 GPA. He even tutors other students."
Polk heads to Northwestern, his mother's alma mater, on Thursday, and he goes to Louisville on March 23.
"I would say that Louisville and Northwestern are my favorites right now," Polk said. "I want a place with a friendly environment and a good coaching staff. And a good education, of course. I would like to major in either engineering or marketing."
Meanwhile, Polk is staying busy running under the radar, and just running period.
"Track season just started, and I run the 200 and 4x1 relay," Polk said.
Before track began, Polk worked out with Brookey twice a week.
"We work on route running, footwork, and relaxing when he's catching the ball," Brookey said. "Since the season ended, he's already put on 14 pounds. He's already more natural at catching the ball as well. Last season, he was averaging 25-yards per play, and a lot of yards after the catch. He's just always a threat to score."
A threat to score and a breath of fresh air, with potential that's untapped.