Hokies Vie for Briar Woods' Speedster Brandon Polk

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It didn't take long for Briar Woods Coach Charlie Pierce to point to junior wide receiver Brandon Polk's most valuable asset.

"He ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at the U.S. Army underclassmen combine," Pierce said. "He's a very dynamic player, very explosive.

"He has the ability to turn any play into a big play."

Polk is one of Virginia Tech's targets in the 2015 recruiting class. Recruited by Aaron Moorehead, the 5-foot-9, 150-pound wideout has also received offers from Stanford and UVa. among others.

In fact, it was a trip to Palo Alto last summer that showed Polk's work ethic.

During a camp at Stanford, the receiver injured his foot as he ran routes.

"He didn't want to stop; he wanted to make an impression," Pierce explained. "The first week of August, we found out he had a stress fracture."

The injury kept Polk out of action until the season's fifth week. He finished with 40 receptions for 635 yards and eight total touchdowns.

His numbers aren't overly impressive but Polk's role in the Falcons' balanced offense certainly played into the final totals.

Briar Woods rushed for 2,700 yards and recent Penn State commit Trace McSorley led a 3,500 yard pass attack.

It amounted to a Group 5A state championship berth, where the Falcons fell to L.C. Bird, 35-28.

Polk primarily played slot receiver for Offensive Coordinator — and former Hokies kicker — Jared Develli.

"We had a 6-3, 205-pound wide receiver and a 6-3 receiver on the other side," Pierce said. "Then you have Brandon in the slot and he's moving all over the place.

"We run 20 to 30 different formations...You can't jam the guy. You either have to cover him with a rover or an outside linebacker and not many people can cover him in space."

Polk's integration into the offense included wide receiver screens and handoffs. With McSorley gone, Pierce expects his playmaker to touch the ball as often as possible.

He didn't rule out direct snaps or some time at the outside receiver position.

"There's no question he can play on the outside. You send him on a go route and not too many guys can run with him," the coach said.

At 150 pounds, it's clear Polk will need to bulk up in order to succeed at the Division I level. His physical attitude is something Pierce praised. If he can hit the weights in the offseason, his versatility could help him contribute right away in college ball.

Polk's speed makes him an attractive choice for kick returning duties at the next level.

Pierce thinks Virginia Tech's strong relationship with the program will help in his receiver's recruitment. Not only does Develli have obvious ties to the Hokies, Torrian Gray remains close to the Falcons.

Gray offered 2016 Briar Woods tight end Mark Birmingham a scholarship in late November.

"The kid first and foremost falls in love with the recruiting coach," Pierce said. "It's the relationship you have with that coach."

Frank Beamer's staff continuity — despite a couple tweaks in recent years — remains attractive to recruits and their families, according to Pierce.

While the successful high school coach thinks Tech has a great shot at landing Polk, he knows there's a long way to go before anything becomes clear.

"He hasn't really expressed to me exactly where he's leaning," Pierce said of his speedy wideout. "He's going to go some camps this summer and we'll see where he's at."

Polk's highlights are available on his Hudl page: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/2011841/highlights/84984385.


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now, prepare to receive a million questions...

also thanks dude!

Any idea on what our chances are?

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Great Read. Super impressed by the growth and direction of this site.

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Great first post Mark look forward to reading your stuff

Stanford will probably be in this fight until the end. Pep always recruited the Northern Virginia area hard (Kevin Hogan/Alex Carter) and Carter's success at Stanford will probably keep the Card tied to that school for a while (Delray Beach and Brandon Flowers for us). Briar Woods' football program has only existed for 8 or so years but the money and talent in that area has made something special (55-5 in the last four seasons). Trace was actually committed to Vandy but made the switch over to Penn State to follow Franklin about a week ago.

Polk is also a state champion in the 100 and 200 meters with BW's track and field team. Great speed. I'm looking forward to seeing how this progresses with Moorehead on him.

RVA Hokie. Class of 2011.

So let me get this straight.

TSL makes you click on each comment to see a post, the trolls are allowed to run wild, 'humor' is a concept very poorly understood, AND they make you pay to get any info on recruiting (of which, really isn't much from what I saw over the past year).

TKP uses humor to wash its mankini, one click and you can see a full thread, regardless of size, and now they have a recruiting guru that gives it away for free?

Boy am I glad I made the switch when I did.


Full disclosure, there is a 1000 post limit per page, so on threads that grow to more than 1k posts a second page appears.

But this is still about a 1000x improvement on TSL.

No more no less.

But then there's the rest of everything.


Less magical than "Tahiti", though.


Plus one for jurgen

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Annnnnd that's how I saved $60/year by letting my subscription expire this week.

He has an official reporter's hat! I think you have to go to Reporter's School to get that.


That's straight legit, son!

Hokie Polk-E

The Dude Abides

Does anyone else sense that we have lost some team speed in the last decade? In 1999, we had Moore, Vick and Davis, the fastest guys at their respective positions in the country. Then there was DHall, Marcus, Royal, Wilson...etc.

Who is the fastest guy in the program right now? Who is faster than their competition at their position? It used to be a big advantage for us, I don't see it anymore. Agree?

If we get Javon Harrison he would probably be the fastest player on the team and maybe in the country. But that is a big if. Oh and I agree, the last super fast player we had was David Wilson IMO.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Javon isn't known for blazing speed. He wouldn't be the fastest on the team. Espn has him running a 4.6 and other sites like 247 have him rated a 6 for speed out of a scale of 1-10. He is a dynamic player but its not always about speed. He has the make up to be a sensational WR and I hope he stays in blacksburg

I must be getting him mixed up with Ford?

In Sam Rogers we trust.

Ford is a possession guy as is cam Phillips. Harrison is the faster of the WRs im just saying hes not one of the faster guys in the country.

The Bahama Breeze runs like a 4.28 or something ridiculous like that.

His track speed definitely doesn't translate to football speed IMO


Knowles is pretty fast, but I really like polk. Kid is an absolute burner

That's Knowles right?

We're still fast as ever, but we're just not tough. For a while we recruited speed over toughness, and now its starting to show when teams are able to push us around. Look at RB as a specific point. Lots of emphasis on shifty with speed, but we don't really have anyone who can just truck a bitch on a given play. Give me a Humes or Evans on the team we have now and you'll see an offense that'll move the ball a lot better than it currently can.

More than anything, I want this team to play with a chip on their shoulders. I want them to be able to manhandle the opponent lined up against them at any given time. Right now, we're too passive. We have no attitude. We lose the physical battles on a weekly basis (outside of the DLine). Last year, we saw improvements in this area, and I fully expect to see it continue this year. I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to the future growth of the program.

but we don't really have anyone who can just truck a bitch on a given play

This +1000

We have lost our truck-a-bitch attitude and need it back. I agree 1000% with this all.

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

Is Sam Rogers gonna have to truck a bitch?!

Save a collar, pop a Wahoo

Sam Rodgers probably is the fastest FB. Do other teams still have FB's?

The Dude Abides

No D in Rogers and all that...

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

I think Knowles is our faster player, but guys like Mangus and even Coleman have great speed. Not sure about some of the younger guys yet.

In the last testing numbers that I remember, Edmunds ran a faster 40 than Mangus, and the same as Coleman.

Pretty fast for a LB...or maybe TE? /sarcastica

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

And has some truck-a-bitch

What's Important Now
The Lunchpail.
The Hammer.

Yep, 4.37 for both guys and 4.28 for Knowles. I never got a 40 time on Mangus, but you can see his speed on the field. Some guys run great 40 times but don't have that "football" speed. Remember Peter Warrick? Yes, we all do. He ran like a 4.6 or something but just had great football speed.

I refuse to admit that I remember him.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

I still don't want to think about him.

I have no idea, but it seems like speed is a tricky thing to compare across the board. VT's 40 times are still hand-timed and not all that accurate. We always have a bunch of supposedly sub 4.4 guys who end up running 4.5-4.6 at the combine. And I'm still trying to figure out how quite a few guys I ran track with in high school were posting 100m times faster substantially faster than what David Wilson was running in college.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

While not "accurate" the VT times are pretty consistent year-to-year. Combine times are generally .08-.10 slower than VT times because electronic timing includes the player's reaction time to the starting tone.

Hand timing generally starts when the timer sees the player move, and this gets rid of the player reaction time. The general assumption with regard to the timer's reaction time is that the delay in hitting start is evened out by their delay in hitting stop.... although its easier to anticipate a finish than a start, and so hand times wind up being a little faster than reality.

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That's a really good explanation. Thank you.

What's Important Now
The Lunchpail.
The Hammer.

Sounds like great TE material to me

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

nice tape. Any player comparisons? I'm thinking Antonio Brown or maybe Santonio Holmes

Eddie Royal

We have a recruiting guy now? Ok, time to donate...