Sun Devils Showing Interest in Local JC RB

The name Clinton Polk is one that should be familiar to ASU fans. He was one of the best high school running backs in Arizona in 2002, when he was recruited by the hometown Sun Devils and other Pac-10 schools. Polk eventually signed with Oregon State, but never enrolled there due to his academics. He came back home to play at Scottsdale Community College, and is hoping to that a solid sophomore year can help him to once again sign with a program in a major conference.

The 6-2 210 Clinton Polk played for a Fighting Artichoke team that finished 9-1 in the 2004 season where it captured the WSFL Championship. "Oregon State, Arizona State, and Nevada are the ones that are really recruiting me," he said. "I'm also getting letters from Kentucky and Utah. I have no offers yet, but with so many letters coming in I know I will get some."

After he learned that he couldn't qualify at Oregon State, Polk enrolled at Dixie State where he redshirted in 2003. He left at the end of that season to come closer to home and play at Scottsdale Community College. "We rotate between four running backs," Polk remarked. "It was hard putting up big numbers last year, but I'm gonna work harder so I can get a starting job."

During his senior season at Desert Vista (Phoenix, Ariz.) Polk rushed for 926 yards and 12 touchdowns. "My speed and vision are my strongest skills," he said as he self-assessed his attributes. "People say it's hard to tackle a 6-2 210 guy like me. I need to work on my strength. I did put on 20 pounds since the begining of the season, and I just need to stay in the weight room and work hard."

According to Polk, his physical stature, which is quite unique for ball carriers, may or may not affect his recruiting. "Some schools like the taller running backs and some like the smaller ones," he explained. "Some schools want me as a wide receiver and I'm OK with that if that's what gets me on the field. I feel that I'm an athlete and I can play anywhere they need me."

Back in 2003, Polk decided to venture away from home both with his college of choice, as well as his first stop in the junior college ranks. Does the fact that he came back to the Valley of the Sun to play football indicate that he'd like to play for the hometown Sun Devils? "I would love to stay in the valley," he replied, "but whatever is meant to happen will happen."

Ironically, Clinton isn't the only one of the extended Polk family members that is being recruited by ASU. Cousin Christian Polk, one of the best 2006 point guard prospects on the west coast, is being heavily pursued by the Devils' basketball team. "I was talking to Christian and we were saying how cool it would be to go to the same school. We may be a package deal."

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