St. John Bosco fields one of the most impressive teams in all of the country, ranked No. 1 nationally by MaxPreps, and the newest Pitt commit was a key cog in the process.
Israel Polk, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound wide receiver who transferred to St. John Bosco from Pittsburg High before his senior season, committed to Pitt Sunday over offers from Army, Brown, California, Colorado State, Columbia, Fresno State, Nevada, Oregon State, Princeton, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah State, Washington State and Yale.
The leading pass-catcher from St. John Bosco was still in awe of his commitment late Sunday night.
— Israel polk (@israel_polk) December 19, 2022
Polk originally committed to Colorado State early in December, but he decommitted late Thursday night. And he officially announced an offer from wide receivers coach Tiquan Underwood later that day.
After an official visit to Pittsburgh over the weekend, making the flight out from California to see the program under a week before National Signing Day, he apparently saw all that he needed to see, and if possible, more than he needed to.
The visit to Pittsburgh, getting to see everything in the process, made his decision to commit to Pitt rather easy.
In a wide receiving corps that features Louisville commits in DeAndre Moore Jr. and Jahlil McClain, with Louisville commit Pierce Clarkson throwing the football, Polk still led the team in catches.
He hauled in 26 receptions for 458 yards (17.6 yards per reception) and eight touchdowns — showing a knack for finding the end zone.
247Sports rates Polk as the 55th-ranked athlete and the 71st-ranked recruit from California while On3 rates him as the 54th-ranked athlete and 106th-ranked recruit from California.
While Polk received looks as both a wide receiver and a defensive back from college coaches, he is joining Pitt as a wide receiver who expects to make a major, early impact on the program.
Pitt also currently holds commitments from three-star wide receivers Kenny Johnson (York, Pennsylvania) and Lamar Seymore (Miami, Florida). It’s a wide receiving corps that Underwood is quickly revamping, bringing in wideouts that he’s personally evaluated.
Underwood’s receiving corps still waits upon the decision of Jared Wayne, but it’s a lock that Pitt will be adding an addition or two from the transfer portal.