Portland lightning bolt grabs OSU's interest

GIVE HIM A CREASE and he's gone. Pac-10 and college football history is rife with so-called undersized gamebreakers. A future candidate for that distinction -- hailing from Portland's Lincoln High -- was in Corvallis recently and departed with a high level of Beaver interest. Scout.com calls him arguably the fastest prospect in all the Northwest. And he already has one Pac-10 offer.

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Jordan Polk (5-10, 170, 4.46) is a big play waiting to happen -- he averaged over 30 yards per catch for Lincoln this past season. College coaches, including Oregon State's, have taken notice.

"They say they like my speed and elusiveness," said Polk. "They (all) want to put me in the slot position which I'll have to work on this summer because I'm used to playing the "X" out wide. And they want to see me use my speed against (out-of-state) people, see how much separation I can get against the other guys away from Oregon."

College coaches, said Polk, have mentioned while they love his speed and elusiveness, they're not 100 percent sold yet on his size.

"Some schools (have concerns) about my size, they think I might be a little short," said Polk. "Oregon really likes me and wanted me to go their camp but I wasn't able to. Coach (Mike) Bellotti wants to see me in person. Everybody wants to see me in person I guess, they think Oregon doesn't have (as much) talent and want to see me play against people from California and elsewhere."

Therein lies one of the keys for a receiver prospect from Oregon who doesn't stand 6-2 or 6-3. The state turns out a number of D-IA prospects every year. But it doesn't produce as many as does Washington and, obviously, California. College coaches are always eager to get a first hand look at prospects in their summer youth camp. That particularly holds true on a 5-foor-10 WR prospect like Portland's Polk, to see him go up against competition from beyond Oregon's borders.

POLK, WHO CAMPED with the Beavs at their half-day camp and at Arizona State recently, said he's going to use the next few months to concentrate on adding size without sacrificing speed.

"I did good (at OSU), they said they have an interest in me now," said Polk. "I performed really well (at ASU), they told me they really liked me. They were going to talk to my coach so we'll see how it goes from there."

He also said he's probably done or close to being done with camps, the thinking being a lot of coaches will be coming by Lincoln in the fall.

"A lot of coaches will be coming during the regular season for (teammate) Ethan Johnson so I'm going to work hard over this summer and basically prove myself more, take my senior season and show them I can play. I'm not going to run track this summer, I'm going to try and get bigger...I know whenever I've performed against other people, I've done well. And I know I can play at that level, no matter what my size is."

COUNT ARIZONA A BELIEVER, with the Wildcats having offered along with Portland State.

"Arizona stays in contact a lot, and Portland State with Mouse Davis, he wants me there. He and coach (Jerry) Glanville are great guys. Washington is mostly letters in the mail, nothing real serious... It's going to come down to me and my mom deciding what's best for me. Where I can get the most exposure, where I can play and use my skills where they're most needed. Distance isn't a big factor, but I'd probably want to go a short distance rather than a long distance."

Polk, also one of the state's top sprinters, said no one school is recruiting the hardest at this point with much of the early contact going through his prep coach.

"I like all the coaches, they're all great guys. But it's basically not going to come down to coaches, I'm not going to base it on that but on the education and where I can play," he said.

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