From baby blue and gold to orange and black

Daniel Drayton, one of the top safety prospects on West Coast, has decided he would like to play in Corvallis.

Since the signing period is from Feb. 5 to Apr. 1, Drayton did not sign an LOI, but has been offered a financial aid package. He is expected to receive a scholarship after enrolling at OSU in the fall.

Drayton originally verballed to play at UCLA, but academic issues prevented him from attending the Los Angeles campus. OSU head coach Mike Riley heard about Drayton's situation and gave the first-team and all league player a call.

"Coach Riley called, and said he'd give me a trip," Drayton told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. "I went on the trip, liked it and committed.

"It feels great to get it over with and finally know where I am going in the fall.'

The Los Altos product totaled 90 tackles, six forced fumbles and two interceptions last season at safety. At running back he rushed for 1,055 yards and 16 touchdowns and added four more scores on punt returns. He was named the Miramonte League Player of the Year, San Gabriel Valley Player of the Year, 1st team All-CIF Southern Section and 2nd team All-State for his efforts.

"He's a huge hitter with great football instincts," Los Altos head coach Greg Gano said. "He's rock solid and is built like a tank. He was the best player on the team last year and a great leader."

Drayton will join fellow area players Bryan Payton and Patrick Fuller.

"In a way, it's nice because you want to go where you already know people,' Drayton said. "Me and Bryan Payton are good friends, but that didn't have a big impact in my decision. Going to college is also about meeting new people, too."

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