Beavers' early offers include Arizona trio

OREGON STATE is making early tracks in the desert for the 2008 recruiting class. There are at least three state of Arizona recruits who hold scholarship offers from the Beavers here in March, including the the Grand Canyon state's early frontrunner for top overall prospect.

Dion Jordan is the early candidate for the state's top prospect, holding scholarship offers from Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington State.

Jordan primarily plays receiver for Chandler High but at 6-6 and 215 pounds, he could move to tight end or defensive end at the next level according to prep coach Jim Ewan.

"The upside to Dion is that he could play three spots, tight end, wide receiver or defensive end. He takes pride in doing all three. I think that he will end up a big wide receiver, who can move into tight end when needed," Ewan told recently.

As a junior, Dion shredded defenses to the tune of 54 catches for 804 yards and 13 TDs. He was named first team all region, 5A and all state. By the time the 2007 LOI Day rolled around this past February, Jordan already held six Pac-10 offers.

"I'm really not worried about where I want to go to college," he told at the time. "I'm more worried about school and getting my grades up. I really need to focus on school and I have some work to do so I can qualify. The fact that I know I can get a college scholarship motivates me to do well in school."

THE BEAVERS were the first to offer Jamal Womble out of Buena High in Sierra Vista.

Born in North Carolina and planning a summer trip back east to visit schools in the Southeast, the 5-11, 212-pound Womble nevertheless said distance will not be a consideration.

"It won't even be a factor," he said. "I will go anywhere from Oregon to Miami. It doesn't matter. I am not sure when I will make a decision or anything right now. It will more than likely be after my senior season."

Womble rushed for over 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior last season. His strength numbers include a 510-pound squat, 285-pound clean and a 350-pound bench press. In the 40, Womble has been clocked at 4.39 (hand time) and 4.50 (electronic). He carries a 3.2 GPA.

A FIRST TEAM all 5A selection, Ray Polk racked up 1,423 yards rushing and 21 TDs as a junior.

And that came after he started the season as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart at Phoenix's Brophy College Preparatory School. An early season injury in the second game thrust Polk into the lineup and he responded with an 8.68 ypc average over the course of Brophy's 9-3 campaign in 2006.

The 6-2, 190-pounder's early offer list includes Oregon State, Arizona State and Arizona.

Polk is also an outstanding track and field athlete. He won the 5A state championship in the 110 hurdles -- as a sophomore -- with a time of 14.17 and was one of the state's best in the 300 hurdles, clocking a 38.18.

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