LANSING, Mich.— It is not often that a Power Five football program offers a quarterback prospect with less than three years experience playing the position. However, not all quarterback have the physical tools of Lansing (Mich.) Catholic athlete Tony Poljan.
Checking in at 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds on 247Sports.com, Poljan displays a natural feel for the game and outstanding athleticism. These qualities paid dividends for dual-threat quarterback Poljan last fall as the relative newcomer amassed 2,802 passing yards (65 percent completion rate) and 34 passing touchdowns before adding 1,017 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground.
With an outstanding junior season, many schools took notice of Poljan’s ability. Poljan gained recruiting interest from schools across the country, but it was a Big Ten program that caught his eye.
“I was hearing the most from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Buffalo,” Poljan told Today’s U. “I went on visits to Notre Dame, Auburn, and Purdue. At the end of the day, Minnesota was the right fit.”
Poljan committed to Minnesota on May 21 over other offers from Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Toledo. When asked why, Poljan reflected on the quality of people he met at Minnesota, a factor that ultimately sealed his recruitment from the Gophers.
“Through all the recruiting process, I told myself I want to go somewhere with good coaches and good coaches will recruit good people for the program,” said Poljan. “At the end of the day when football ends, you have to have real people to help support you and make lifelong friendships during college.”
Since issuing his commitment in May, Poljan has been back on campus to interact with the coaches and take in the environment of his future college.
“We have talked about [the offense] a little bit,” said Poljan. “I know which offense they run, but I’m pretty lucky to have a chance to play at such a high level and to be with those guys.”
While college is an exciting event, Poljan is engrossed by his upcoming season, working to fine-tune several areas of his game before the start of his senior campaign.
“Its been going really well,” Poljan said of his offseason. “I’m just focusing on improving my little stuff, my mechanics, my drop backs and my footwork while at the same time getting more athletic and trying to increase my game both mentally and physically. I think it’s coming along pretty well, but we are about to see how far it has come with our first game coming up in three weeks.”
Wise beyond his years, Poljan has adopted a steady approach toward leading his team to its goals this year, a true mark of a leader.
“As a team there are a lot of goals, but the goals wont be reached unless we take every game one game at a time like its our last game,” said Poljan. “Our very first goal is to play the game in front of us, so that’s what we are going to focus on and the rest will take care of itself.”
Ranked as a three-star prospect and the No. 17 dual-threat quarterback in the country, Poljan has a versatile skill set that will be put to the test this fall.
“I think I’m a dual-threat quarterback,” said Poljan. “I like to pass the ball and run the ball. At the end of the day, quarterbacks have to get yards and first downs to score touchdowns. That’s my first goal. It doesn’t matter how the chains move, pass or run, but the chains have to be moved somehow.”