Recruiting: Cowboys Target Legacy Polk

To some it might seem unusual that Oklahoma State has offered standout running back Ray Polk of Brophy College Preparatory High School in Phoenix. Arizona is not a regular recruiting territory for the Cowboys. However, there are some strong connections at work. The younger Ray Polk is the son of former OSU defensive back Raymond Polk, who was a starter for Jimmy Johnson in the early 1980s.

Also, former Cowboy running back and current O-State running backs coach Curtis Luper is one of his father's cousins, and it is Luper that is doing the recruiting of the younger Polk.

Ray Polk is a solidly built and athletic 6-0, 200-pound running back with a best in the 40-yard dash of 4.47. He currently owns the sixth-fastest time in the nation in one of his hurdle events in track this spring. He also has a squat max of over 450 pounds and a vertical jump of 36.5 inches. A former defensive back like his father, he made the conversion to running back this past season.

"It was a good first year but this season I want to get stronger and faster and more comfortable at running back," said Polk, who finished 2006 with 1,460 yards and 22 touchdowns.

His performance has drawn plenty of attention. Besides Oklahoma State, also offering him a scholarship are Arizona State, Arizona, Nevada, San Diego State, Utah, Oregon State and Nebraska. He also reports that Michigan and California are paying heavy attention to him these days.

"I'm not going to rush anything," said Polk when asked about a time table on his recruitment. "I'm looking at location, not really location as far as close to home or away, but the area, the environment that I will be in with the program, the school, and academics."

He has good grades, but is undecided on a major although he said he is leaning towards medicine or sports medicine.

As for his unique connections to Oklahoma State, he is comfortable with that. "Well, there's my parents, both of them went to Oklahoma State," started Polk. "I have family back there and I've been to Stillwater, but I really haven't seen Oklahoma State. I can't wait to get down there and see it. I know that they have millions of dollars to invest in the football program."

Oklahoma State has a lot of built-in advantages, but Polk is excited about all the schools and wants to find our more about them. But, obviously, Oklahoma State has a special place in the picture going in.

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