September 23, 2007

Four-star running back checks out Colorado

Ray Polk is not lacking options when it comes to his recruiting process.

The 6-foot-0, 195-pound running back from Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep holds scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Washington, among others.

Polk decided to take his first official visit to Colorado this weekend.

"It was nice," he said of his trip to Boulder. "I really like it out there. I like the staff and I like the players and it looks like they have an up-and-coming football team."

Polk's player host for the weekend was freshman running back Brian Lockridge, who rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Buffaloes' 42-point victory over Miami (Ohio). Polk also got a chance to catch up with his former teammate at Brophy Prep Blake Behrens.

"I was able to talk with all the coaches, I got to talk to some people that run the academics out there, I got a full tour of the campus and I went and saw the game. I got to see really what life is like out there. I got a great sense of the people out there and the athletes that they have."

Linebackers coach Brian Cabral is responsible for Polk's recruitment from the Buffaloes' staff. He also talked at length with running backs coach Darian Hagan this weekend. "Coach Hagan is a great guy," Polk expressed. "He is hilarious and is a great coach, as well."

Polk has yet to set up any other visits, but does plan to take more trips before making a decision.

"I am still trying to figure out where else I am going to take visits to," he said. "But I can tell you that I really do like Colorado. It was a very productive visit."

Polk visited Arizona and Arizona State both unofficially during the off-season, and he was at Sun Devil Stadium on an unofficial visit to witness the ASU-Colorado game earlier this month.

"I like the coaches at ASU and they've got a great football team," Polk said. "As far as U-of-A goes, they are looking a little rocky right now but I like the coaches there and I like the atmosphere that they have down there."

Polk has rushed for 399 yards and three touchdowns on 75 carries through the first four games of his senior season. He rushed for 1,423 yards and 22 touchdowns on 164 carries last season.

Polk is ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's 14th best running back prospect from the Class of 2008. He clocked in with a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash at the US Army All-American Combine last January.

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