Grady jumps aboard

TIGARD, Ore. - Like a train leaving the station, potential passengers have a choice - they can get on board before it's too late, or they can wait in the hopes that the same train will come around and get them to where they need to go. Scott Grady didn't want to wait any longer, and he knew his scholarship offer to Oregon could go as quickly as it came if another recruit snatched it up.

"I've been talking to him (UO Coach Robin Pflugrad) for a little bit and he knows that I've always wanted to be a Duck," the 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete told Wednesday after announcing his verbal commitment to play for Oregon. "They've been recruiting other people, and they had also offered other people, so it was kind of a 'first-come, first-served' deal. They already have one DB - a safety - who is already a solid commitment, and I didn't want to be left out.

"He (Pflugrad) was excited, he was happy. He said that it's great when they get someone the coaches are really excited to coach, and (Oregon DB's) Coach John Neal really wants to coach me."

So just like that, Grady jumped aboard the UO Express. He was hoping to get a seat a little earlier, but still had some unfinished business to take care of. Tigard Head Coach Mitch Sanders wanted Grady to check out at least one other college so Scott would have an option - something to fall back on.

"He (Sanders) wanted me to check out Boise State," Grady said. "He wanted me to have an option. He said that they have a great program. Their facilities may not be as good (as Oregon's), but they are a winning team and they develop players into men and good people."

And Oregon? "He said that UO is such a good program, you might spend a lot of time on the bench or I might not play at all," Grady added. "He told me that if I guaranteed to him that I would never give up, it's a great decision. He said it's a better deal for me."

So earlier today, Grady and Sanders met for lunch, and to talk about Scott's college choices. "I've made my decision," Grady said. "I'm going to the U of O. It's been a dream for me. I called Coach Pflugrad and he told me he's going to tell (Oregon Head) Coach (Mike) Bellotti and I'll also give Coach John Neal a call. I also have to call the Boise State coaches and tell them how it is. I've already kind of bonded with their coaches as well, so that's going to be really hard."

Even though Grady is an outstanding receiver, the Ducks are recruiting Grady as a cornerback and a kick return specialist. "I talked to Aaron Gipson, who played there a couple of years ago - he just lives down the street from me and we work together," Grady said. "He said that it's a good deal for me, and that if I show that I can do some things on offense they won't limit me on what I can do."

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