Army a lifelong decision for Polu

Jarvis Polu

Jarvis Polu received offers from the likes of Colorado, Washington State, and Wisconsin, but none of those schools captured his attention like West Point. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive lineman gave his commitment to recruiter, Payam Saadat, who began recruiting the Henderson, Nev., native in February of this year.

Jarvis Polu received offers from the likes of Colorado, Washington State, and Wisconsin, but none of those schools captured his attention like West Point. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive lineman gave his commitment to recruiter, Payam Saadat, who began recruiting the Henderson, Nev., native in February of this year.

"When I told Coach Saadat about my commitment he was pretty excited and surprised," Polu shared with ArmySports.com. "Considering I had some big offers like Wisconsin, I think he was probably thinking I'd go to one of those schools. He commended me on my commitment and told me it was a true lifelong decision I was making.

"Just thinking about the career I'd have after college is what made the difference for me with West Point. It's the dream of every kid who plays football in America to one day make it to the NFL. Even if you do make it, the average career [in the NFL] is only three years. In the Army, you can have a whole other career after 20 years. I had a long discussion about it with my father, who just retired from military service in January. You still get all of the great military benefits and a lasting career."

Polu, who plays at Liberty High School, is the cousin of T.J. Atimalala, a freshman defensive lineman at Army from North Las Vegas. Army isn't quite sure yet where they see Polu fitting into the defense.

"I was recruited as an athlete," stated Polu. "They see me either as a defensive end or at outside linebacker. They like my pursuit of the ball and how well I can use my speed to get to the outside of my man to get pressure on the quarterback."

At Liberty, Polu started out his prep career at left tackle as a sophomore, then switched to right tackle as a junior and became an All-League performer in I Sunrise-Southeast. The Patriot coaches want Polu to take some reps tight end this year as well as his future college position, defensive end.

"We're considered more of a run-oriented team," he said, "so I'm really just going to be an extra blocker at tight end. I'll get a pass thrown to me every once in awhile. We should be real good again this year. We made it to the state finals but lost to Bishop Gorman and want to get back there to redeem ourselves."

Polu plans on taking a West Point visit during the month of July. He said he'd like to study Mechanical Engineering the academy. He'd like to go in direct in the summer of 2014 with a high mark on the SATs.

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