After his team's dominant win, three-star offensive lineman Josh Volk discussed his development and recruitment. Matthew Bain, Sports writer
CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia. — When a college football prospect plays against a physically inferior team, you’re looking for domination — that’s what the top guys do.
They don’t shrink to their opponent; they maul them.
And that’s what Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Josh Volk did last Friday in a 48-0 win against Davenport Assumption. The three-star, 2020 offensive lineman showed off impressive power and agility in front of Iowa offensive line coach Tim Polasek, who was on hand.
Volk, an Iowa Eight member, checks in at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds. The junior holds offers from Iowa and Iowa State, plus interest from Northwestern, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Michigan State, Nebraska and Vanderbilt.
In-state schools knew about him when he was a sophomore last year, and others in the Midwest joined in after Volk's impressive performance in the Class 3A playoffs.
Now, nearly a year later, Volk is a three-star prospect ranked No. 419 in the 2020 class by 247Sports.
The Register was on hand to watch Volk last Friday night. Here’s what we saw:
Beyond just being a great offensive lineman, Josh Volk is a very good athlete. He shows why here. Matthew Bain, Sports writer
A multi-sport athlete — and it shows in his agility
Volk moves well for his size. Although he likely projects as a guard at the next level, Volk plays right tackle for Xavier. He’s routinely asked to explode off his spot and be a lead blocker for the ball-carrier — on either side of the line.
That’s where the multi-sport athleticism comes in. Specifically, that’s where the basketball comes in.
Volk is a power forward on the Saints’ talented basketball team. Volk’s feet are light for his size and he’s able to jump out in front of the play faster than most linemen. He is flexible, fluid and mobile, and that will only get better as Volk gets into a college strength and speed program.
He also throws discus and shot put, which help with Volk’s core strength, balance and flexibility.
"The fact that he plays basketball and does real well with the discus and shot in track, I think, carries over to this sport," Xavier head coach Duane Schulte said.
Josh Volk is a powerful, powerful kid. You'll see in these examples. Matthew Bain, Sports writer
Not just a big kid
Like we said earlier, you’d expect a prospect of Volk’s caliber to dominate physically inferior competition, and he did just that last Friday. Volk routinely cleared paths for his running backs on Friday. His defensive end never got pressure on the quarterback. And there were at least two occasions in which Volk overpowered his man to the ground for a pancake block.
Volk is not just a big kid; he is powerful. His body frame is gradually becoming more made up of muscle mass and less body fat. Diligent workouts with his trainer, JC Moreau, help with that.
"We will see if he can drop 10-15 pounds by late October," Moreau said. "At 285, he’s terrifying."
Like any young prospect, Volk's technique needs refinement. Still, his footwork and hands are ahead of the curve and project as strengths. Things like his timing and pulling ability will improve over time.
Overall, Volk combines hard-nosed work ethic with high-level athleticism for his size and a body that is slowly but surely turning into a scary sight for college defenses.
Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.