Yesterday the Vandal coaching staff got the call they had been waiting. "I committed to Idaho," McQueen High School star Mike LaGrone (pronounced LA-GROWN) told Scout.com this evening.
|LaGrone led the state of Nevada with 17 sacks.|
But it is on the offensive side of the ball where the Vandals have their sights set on LaGrone. Offensively he was a force for his team, and was selected a Second Team All Northern Region tightend, as well as a First Team All High Desert League selection for his 22 reception senior season.
In short, he rarely left the field.
"I know I'm going right in at H-Back, but I would love to get my shot at defense," Lagrone told Scout.com. "But I'm just going to step in wherever they need me."
He had a chance to sit down with Williams during his visit to Moscow in December. "I actually hung out with [Eddie Williams]," LaGrone said. "I was with him for awhile one night. It was cool. He's a real good mentor - an inspiration. The guy had 56 catches and was out for the last two games. That is the position I'm stepping into."
THE FUTURE SPORTS MEDICINE MAJOR enjoyed his trip to the Idaho campus. "It was good man. I loved the trip, and I love the position I'm gonna play."
"It was real fun actually," LaGrone said in a previous interview. "The school [University of Idaho] has a lot to offer. It was my first trip, and it was a great experience. Certainly the whole college life. They have a lot of programs that are real good. I'm thinking about music as one of my majors, or sports medicine. They put the whole music thing in my view, so it was cool. The team was real cool too."
|LaGrone earned All-Region and All-League honors at TE, plus All-State, All-Region and All-League DE.|
The rebuilding effort Akey embarked on two years ago has been a hefty challenge, as the team has been filling its depth chart almost exclusively with freshmen athletes each of the last two years. But the results are slowly becoming evident. "I thought the coaching staff was great, and the team - it was like a family. My high school is basically a family - the coaching staff and team were all together, like a family...like one.
"Coach Akey is doing a real good job rebuilding the program and keeping everybody right."
LaGrone had a trip planned this weekend to Eastern Washington, but has cancelled the visit and has no more trips scheduled.
Academically Lagrone is fully qualified for college and is ready to take his game to the next level.
Player Profile: Mike LaGrone, 6-2, 225