Army kicked off the fifth season of the Rich Ellerson era when spring practice began last Tuesday.…
Meet the New Black Knights: FB
Poling is built more like a halfback than the bulky B-backs on the current varsity depth chart. He is a superb athlete with legitimate speed. Marcus is versatile and can catch the ball and block. After his junior year Marcus was the best player tested at Schumann National Underclassmen Combine in Utah. Poling ran a 4.46 forty yard dash on a soft grass field, posted a 37.5 inch vertical leap and a 9'1 broad jump. At the end of the combine he was awarded the Combine King medal, the Fastest Man award and the prize for the top defensive back. Poling is a strong, well-built player who also starred in track in high school. Marcus has run a 10.89 100 Meters and ran the anchor leg of his school's 4x100 meter relay team which won three state championships. Poling was initially recruited by Boise State, Stanford and Michigan State but after he suffered a minor ankle injury during his senior year their interest waned. Marcus ended up choosing Army over an offer from Idaho State. Poling is the definition of position flexibility that Rich Ellerson and his staff looks for when recruiting. In addition to fullback, Marcus is fast enough to play at A or C back, Rover or defensive back.
Next: A look at the incoming A & C running backs.
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