LMC’s Polk commits to Hawaii

Los Medanos College wide receiver Terrance Polk, a former Pittsburg High star, has orally committed to Hawaii, he confirmed on Friday.

Things clicked for Polk during a recent recruiting trip to Honolulu, when he liked the players and the coaching staff.

“I really just wanted to keep playing football with whoever gave me the first Division I scholarship,” said Polk, who said he talks regularly with the Warriors’ coaches.

Polk, who is also excellent on special teams, had 49 receptions for 1,084 yards last season. He ranked fifth in the state in yards receiving per game at 108.4  and tied for eighth in touchdown catches with 13. He also averaged 22.1 yards a catch for the much-improved Mustangs.

“Just a playmaker,” LMC coach Chris Shipe said of Polk.  “Any time he had the ball in hands, whether it be on a kick return, punt return, or receiving he could turn a 5-yard play into a 50 or 60-yard play easily. He understood what defenses and defensive backs were trying to do against him.”

Hawaii, which finished 3-9 in 2012, appears to be upgrading the program with an infusion of quality recruits. The Warriors recently signed College of San Mateo linebacker Tevita Lataimua, among five mid-year transfers.

Polk finished his fine career at Los Medanos with five receptions and 77 yards in a 33-14 loss against Contra Costa in the Bay Valley Conference.  The Mustangs improved from 0-10 in 2011 to 6-4 in 2012, and tied for second in the BVC.

“We really turned it around in the summer,” Polk said. “We set goals. We couldn’t do that again. We wanted to be at least .500.”

Polk said he and quarterback Mike Behr, a Deer Valley graduate, spent extra time working on their routes and going to camps. Behr and LMC receiver Terrence Books are expected to make their four-year college choices within the next two weeks.

Matt Schwab