A LITTLE OVER AN HOUR ago, around 2:30 pm, Clinton Polk came to the point where it was time to make the final decision. He grabbed his cell phone, fired up the fax machine, and started dialing. Taking to the school as his signed National Letter of Intent went through, the coaches in the background started jumping up and down. So who was it, OSU or New Mexico? "I did the same thing as I did in high school," Polk told BeaverFootball.com moments ago. "I'm a Beaver."

Polk, out of Scottsdale CC this time around, had verballed to OSU a few weeks ago. New Mexico wasn't ready to give up, however, and brought Polk out for a visit. Following that trip, Polk opened his recruitment back up and was seriously considering signing with New Mexico.

"New Mexico was giving me an opportunity I couldn't really turn down," said Polk.

Last night, he was still torn. As the minutes ticked off and morning became afternoon, there was still no decision. Sometime around 2:30 pm, he picked up the phone and walked over to the fax.

"It's just the fact that they've been loyal to me since high school," said Polk of the Beavers. "They've stuck by me. They were the first school to offer me a scholarship, and I've always wanted to play in the Pac-10... I had to make the decision and go with it."

AFTER MAKING THE call to OSU, Polk said both he and the Oregon State coaching staff felt excitement, and relief.

"They were jumping around," said Polk. "And they've been jumping around the fax machine, just waiting around. They said they were really waiting for (Polk's NLI) and that they were really relieved."

Polk will arrive at Oregon State in January and will participate in spring ball. He has two to play two for the Beavs.

"This is my ultimate dream," Polk said. He will have two to play two at Oregon State.

SCHOOLS CAME RUNNING late in the 2003 recruiting season -- Oregon State, Nebraska and Arizona all offered with ASU and Oregon also making a late push. Polk eventually signed with OSU but failed to qualify academically. After a redshirt season at Dixie State, he returned to Arizona to attend Scottsdale Community College.

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

During his senior season at Desert Vista, Polk rushed for 957 yards and 14 touchdowns. Allen Wallace of Scout.com and SuperPrep, named him Arizona's seventh-best athlete in his January, 2003 publication.

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