IT MIGHT BE winter but things are heating up in Corvallis, with the Beavs landing a verbal commitment from a prized Arizonan this weekend. Highly sought prep linebacker Keaton Kristick, as well as big, speedy junior college running back Clinton Polk -- also from Arizona and a one-time OSU signee -- are both headed to Oregon State. The pair become the 16th and 17th known verbal commitments to the 2006 Beaver class.

Polk's verbal was first confirmed by Alex Fa'agai and then later by Polk himself.

"Yes, I committed to Oregon State," Polk told "They've know me for a long time and they've been loyal for a long time."

Polk chose Oregon State over offers from Ohio, Utah, Nevada-Reno, New Mexico and others.

Kristick (6-3, 223) chose Oregon State over offers from a number of schools as well, including Colorado State, Northwestern, UTEP, Utah, Wyoming and Boise State and will be donning the black and orange next year according to both Kristick's mother Karie and OSU verbal Alex Fa'agai. OSU got in on Kristick early, with the Beavs being the first to offer.

Kristick projects as a linebacker at OSU but as a fullback this season, he hauled the mail 153 times for 908 yards and 18TDs. He also caught 15 balls for 180 yards and another touchdown.

But what's really impressive numbers-wise is his power clean, the measurable many feel best translates to football strength. Kristick heaves 290 on the clean.

As a junior, he had 117 tackles (27 for losses), six sacks, eight hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. On offense, Kristick gained 850 yards rushing and had nine touchdowns. He also caught 17 passes for 230 yards plus another touchdown. Kristick was named first team all-conference and honorable mention all-state on defense. He earned second team all-region honors on offense.

Fa'agai, a recent verbal to Oregon State also in town this weekend on his official visit, said Clinton Polk has also verballed to OSU. Polk originally signed with Oregon State out of Desert Vista High over offers from Arizona and Nebraska.

Polk exploded onto the scene late in the 2003 recruiting season but failed to qualify academically. After a redshirt season at Dixie State, he returned to Arizona to attend Scottsdale Community College. He will have 2 to play 2 at Oregon State.

Polk, who ran a 4.4 in high school, has filled out nicely, with 220 pounds now spread over his 6-foot-2 frame. The book on Polk is he's a fast back with excellent vision, and he has outstanding hands and could probably also play receiver at the next level.

His best game this season might have been against the New Mexico Military College when he rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries. Polk also caught four passes for 46 yards in Scottsdale's 35-7 win. He was named WSFL Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

During his senior season at Desert Vista, Polk rushed for 926 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Keaton Kristick and Clinton Polk become the 16th and 17th** known verbal commitments in the OSU class of 2006, joining LB Marquez Herrod, DL Alex Fa'agai, P/K Kyle Loomis, TE John Reese, DE Keith Robertson, TE/HB/WR Joe Halahuni OL Mau Nomani, DE Dorian Smith, DT Joel White-Frisbee, OL/DL Alex Linnenkohl, DT Mitchel Hunt, TE Howard Croom, WR Casey Kjos, LB Alfred Rowe and OL Ryan Pohl.

**Oregon State also has a soft verbal in S/WR James Dockery.

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