FANTASTIC FOUR SIGN WITH BEAVS!

OREGON STATE on Wednesday inked four junior college transfers to signed National Letters of Intent. Today was the first year mid-year graduates could sign with a D-IA school and Coye Francies, Joey LaRocque, Clinton Polk and Dorian Smith are all scheduled to arrive in Corvallis in the next couple of weeks, enroll for January classes, and participate in spring ball.

Signing with Oregon State today were cornerback Coye Francies out of Rancho Cordova, Calif., American River JC and Cordova High; Joey LaRocque from Valencia, Calif., College of the Canyons and Agoura High; running back Clinton Polk of Phoenix, Scottsdale CC and Desert Vista High; and defensive end Dorian Smith College out of Van Nuys, Calif., College of the Desert and Birmingham High.

The quartet is expected to challenge for immediate playing time at Oregon State in 2006.

COYE FRANCIES PICKED off more passes than any other JC player in the state of California this season. His 11 interceptions was complemented by a No. 3 ranking in the state for kickoff returns (36.8 yards) and he was No. 4 in the state on punt returns at 17.4 yards per attempt.

Coye has good size (6-2, 195) and speed (4.4) with three years to play two at Oregon State.

Francies had verbally committed to Washington in November but went on an official visit to OSU and had a change of heart, ultimately deciding Oregon State was the best place for him.

The conference's Defensive Most Valuable Player this past season, Francies was also all-conference as a return specialist and defensive back.

DEFENSIVE ENFORCER JOEY LAROCQUE verbally committed to Linebacker U on Saturday night before signing today. The Rock, a 6-foot-1, 228-pounder, had a team-high 103 tackles (68 solo) this past season, including 17 tackles for loss that included 11.5 sacks.

Of his two fumble recoveries, he took one in for a touchdown. LaRocque had a pair of pass breakups and two interceptions, one of which he also took to the house. His two defensive TDs tied him for the team lead at College of the Canyons.

As a senior at Agoura, he earned all-California Interscholastic Federation honors as his team went 11-2 and finished second in its conference.

The OLB/DE chose OSU over offers from Missouri, Boise State, New Mexico, UNLV, Utah State and others. In the end, it came down to Oregon State and Mizzou.

"I got there to (OSU) and it just felt right," LaRocque told BeaverFootball.com Saturday. "I love the atmosphere there. It's a small town, everyone loves football there. In particular, I loved the coaches, coach Riley, coach Banker, and everyone else there.

The book on the tackling machine is he's a sideline to sideline 'backer with 4.5 type speed and plenty of persistence. He clocked a 3.9 flat in the pro shuttle recently.

As a senior, at Agoura High School in Agoura Hills, California, he was named first team all-league, area and CIF. He was a partial qualifier out of high school due to missing one core class. He will have three to play two at Oregon State.

POLK CHOSE OREGON STATE over offers from New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, Nevada-Reno and others. But it was hang-on time for Oregon State the last few weeks with plenty of twists and turns.

After making his oral pledge to Oregon State at the beginning of December, he became a soft verbal after tripping to Albuquerque a week and a half ago, and Polk was torn between the two schools.

Wednesday, as morning became afternoon, there was still no decision. Sometime around 2:30 pm, Polk picked up the phone and walked over to the fax and started dialing the 541 area code.

"It's just the fact that they've been loyal to me since high school," Polk said Wednesday.

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 two to play two at Oregon State.

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, and he has outstanding hands and could probably also play receiver at the next level.

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.

DORIAN SMITH (6-3, 255) verbally committed to OSU in September. The lightning bolt of a defensive end had junior college RBs and QBs running for their lives this season.

Smith chose OSU over interest from Arizona, Arizona State, Pitt, Washington State, Cincinnati, Marshall and Louisiana-Lafayette.

"I feel comfortable with Oregon State," said Smith at the time of his verbal. "I like the way they play football and I think I'll fit in very well with their program."

At College of the Desert, Smith further refined his technique to go along with what one COD coach says is a world of speed.

"He's playing well -- there's a couple D-I schools calling every day asking for tape," said College of the Desert defensive coordinator coach Tim Hyde back in September. "He's fast. He's got great, great speed."

Smith led the COD defense with 12 sacks last season and had 10 sacks in the first four games this year, including a ridiculous six sack performance against San Diego Mesa in Week Two.

Smith did his prep turn at Birmingham High in Van Nuys, Calif., before attending Alabama A&M for a year. Smith has two to play two for the Beavs.


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