The Minnesota Golden Gophers picked up a new 2016 commitment Wednesday night in the form of 3-star Florida linebacker Andre Polk.
It first appeared that Polk had committed to the Golden Gophers when one of Minnesota’s existing 2016 linebacker commits, Carter Coughlin, tweeted this:
— Carter Coughlin † (@Cmoe34) October 8, 2015
Shortly therafter, Gophers247, 247Sports’ Minnesota dedicated recruiting page, confirmed the commitment, which means Jerry Kill’s 2016 class now features 17 commitments.
— Gopher247 (@Gophers247) October 8, 2015
Though 247SPorts lists Polk as a wide receiver, Coughlin’s tweet would suggest that Minnesota is bringing the 3-star on as a linebacker. A scouting report done by Will Henry of 247Sports would confirm that as well. Henry suggests that “Polk will be a converted safety who will bulk up into a linebacker.”
For what it’s worth, Polk does have the frame to eventually transition to linebacker at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds. He plays strong safety and wide receiver for South Fort Myers High School and boasts the athleticm and length to be an edge-setter—most likely as an outside linebacker for Minnesota. You can see flashes of physicality in his highlights that will make that possible.
Polk will have to work hard to bulk up, but if he can do so while maintaining his quickness and athleticism; he has the chance to be a very interesting linebacker prospect for Minnesota’s defense.