Beavs in early on one of Arizona's best

OREGON STATE has an impressive recent history of producing great running backs -- Ken Simonton, Steven Jackson and now senior-to-be Yvenson Bernard have all donned the black and orange since the turn of the millennium. One of the Beaver running back targets for the 2008 class is a natural whose offer list is fast approaching double digits.

With Ray Polk (6-0, 200, 4.47) more than a few colleges have been impressed with the Brophy College Preparatory running back's combination of speed, athleticism and natural instincts.

In addition to Oregon State, Ray Polk holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, San Diego State, Oklahoma State and Nevada.

Despite not starting the season at running back -- Polk actually had been a defensive back up to his junior season -- he rushed for 1,423 yards and 21 TDs in 2006, averaging 8.68 ypc.

OSU assistant coach Mike Cavanaugh is running the point on Polk's recruitment.

"He's a really nice guy, we've talked a couple times. I like them, I like their program and they pulled off some big wins last year.

Junior day and unofficial visits are still in the planning stage, with Polk saying he hopes to get to a number of schools.

"I think I'm going to get to U of A definitely for spring ball. I want to try and visit Colorado, possibly Oregon and Oregon State, maybe Oklahoma State and then Arizona State if I can. Cal has also asked me to go to their junior day. It's kind of hard with track going on," said Polk.

Polk is the defending 5A state championship in the 110 hurdles, a title he took his sophomore season with a time of 14.17. He was also one of the state's best in the 300 hurdles, clocking a 38.18 in 2005. This year, he's run a 13.97 hand time in the 110-h and clocked a 38.12 in the 300-h.

POLK SAID distance could play a part in his decision this recruiting season.

"I would like to possibly stay close to home, that's always a plus, but depending on how good of a school it is and how much I like it, I could go all over the nation," said Polk. "If there's clearly a school I like better, then I'll go there."

Colorado is recruiting the hardest, followed closely by Arizona, said Polk.

"If I can get a free scholarship, I want it to matter and I think education will play a big role in that," said Polk. "At the same time, I can't go only for the education, I'm also looking at the football program and where I can do best and fit in...I'm very open to all the colleges. It's early in the recruiting process."

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