January 25, 2013
Whetstone's Polk to play college football at Purdue
The Whetstone football program hasn't celebrated many wins in recent years, but there have been a few great athletes walk through the halls at the school in recent years.
The latest is senior Dezwan Polk, a 6-4, 210-pound outside linebacker who verbally committed to Purdue last week.
Last season, Polk had 65 tackles (35 solo), 10 tackles for losses, four sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception as the Braves went 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the City League-North Division.
The Braves haven't had a winning season since going 6-4 in 2009 and never have qualified for the playoffs.
"I love that it's in the Big Ten and that it's a good academic school," Polk said. "I took my official over the weekend and fell in love with the campus."
Polk joins a Purdue program that lost to Oklahoma State 58-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1 to finish 6-7.
The Boilermakers, whose roster also includes Jonathan Alder graduate Josh Davis, won their last three of the regular season to become bowl-eligible. Purdue lost to Ohio State 29-22 in overtime on Oct. 20.
The most famous athlete to come from Whetstone in recent years is Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, who was a fourth-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 and also has spent time in the NFL with Jacksonville and Oakland.
Marcus Penn and Jordan Mitchell are other standout athletes who have come through the program in recent years.