Whitehall senior signal-caller Chris Polony had National Signing Day figured out way before the rest of the Class of 2011. He gave his verbal commitment to Villanova only a few weeks into his senior season.
Polony now joins a group of Pennsylvania District 11 quarterbacks, like Dan Persa (Northwestern – Liberty HS), DJ Lenehan (Seton Hill – Wilson Area HS), and Tyler Smith (Maryland – Wilson Area HS), who received loads of Division 1 interest. At the time of his verbal commitment to Villanova, he also had an offer from New Hampshire, with heavy interest from Wyoming, Rutgers, and Virginia. He also had interest from Delaware and Richmond at the FCS level, and Rutgers, Pitt, Boston College, Connecticut, and Maryland at the FBS level.
The interest truly started with his impressive showing at the EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterbacks camp at Ohio State back in May. On the ESPN Rise Elite 11 Accuracy challenge notes, Polony was listed as a quarterback who “made the most out of his opportunity impressing with his strong arm and solid fundamentals.” They also noted that he was one of the top surprises out of camp, being one of the strongest arms of all.
Polony, though, really impressed Villanova with a strong showing at a passing camp he participated there in June, which followed up with an official visit a few weeks later. He granted the Wildcats with his verbal on November 22, 2010.
In Rivals.com’s Top 40 Pennsylvania Postseason rankings he was listed 17th, and Rivals.com also had him ranked 27th nationally on a list they compiled of Top Pro-style quarterbacks of 2011.
ESPN’s College recruiting site has him listed as a three-star recruit with a Scouts grade of 75. A player of this grade scale is described as “A player with the skills to develop into a solid starter at the major college level. Potential high-ceiling prospect with the ability to make an impact during his career.”
Polony is a quarterback of adequate size and strength for the college level. With a program like Villanova, he will have the resources to add bulk, with the possibility that he may still grow as well. He has all the necessary tools to be an elite quarterback at the FCS level, and at many FBS programs. Polony is an excellent pocket passer with a big and accurate arm, who can stay at the pocket and deliver the football and take the hits. In high school, under Coach Tony Trisciani, he worked under multiple spreads, operating from under center as well as shotgun, so he should show the flexibility and adaptability to succeed at the college level. He has displayed that he has goods mobility, which makes him a threat to keep defenses on their toes, because he’s shown the ability to throw on the run or make big plays with his legs.
What will Polony bring to Villanova? This is a kid who is smart and knows football. He is coachable, and has displayed the traits of a player who is not afraid to take charge and lead his team. Although he may lack the ideal size and strength of a college quarterback, he plays like a true pocket passer with great presence and poise.
This past season, he threw for 1,502 yards and 11 touchdowns, while also rushing for 546 yards and seven touchdowns. He led Whitehall to a 10-3 season, with the season ending with a three-point loss to Easton in the playoffs. In 2009, as a junior, Polony was 110 of 218, passing for 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns. He threw only 4 interceptions. He also rushed for 350 yards and eight touchdowns.
With National Signing Day coming tomorrow, Wildcats fans can expect for the name of Chris Polony to be on a National Letter of Intent to take his football talent to Villanova University next season.
Other National Signing Day Notes from Whitehall
Senior running back Eric Fiore has committed to University of Pennsylvania. The Two-time All Morning Call selection rushed this season for 1,342 yards and 23 touchdowns, while also contributing on defense for the Zephyrs with 45 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
A decision is also expected soon from wide receiver Tyler Artim as to where he will be continuing his education and football career. This past weekend, he visited Holy Cross.