OSU VERBAL COMMIT Clinton Polk is rethinking his pledge to Oregon State. The Scottsdale junior college running back went on an official visit to New Mexico this past weekend, coming away enamored with the football program and the prospects for playing time in Albuquerque. Polk is a mid year transfer, and could sign on the dotted line in as early as eight days. Will it be Oregon State or New Mexico in the end?

Polk, who made his oral pledge to Oregon State recently over offers from Ohio, Utah, Nevada-Reno, New Mexico and others, is no longer solid on Oregon State after tripping to Albuquerque this past weekend.

"It has me rethinking about my commitment," Polk told "The players took good care of me, it was a good environment and the coaches made me feel like I was at home."

The Scottsdale CC star also cited the running back situation at New Mexico as a strong selling point.

"The players were cool and just the situation there -- because their running back (DonTrell Moore) is leaving," said Polk. "It seems like a better situation. It makes my decision a little tougher."

Polk said he would likely make the final call before Christmas. He could sign as early as eight days from today. The mid year signing period runs from Dec. 21 through Jan. 15.

"I'm going to probably make a decision here in the next week or two," he said.

POLK EXPLODED ONTO the scene late in the 2003 recruiting season, signing with the Beavers but failing 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 the next level.

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. He also 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 High, Polk rushed for 926 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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