OSU targets shutdown corner

DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPION College of the Canyons has a strong chance to repeat this year and some pundits also say they have the best cornerback duo in the junior college ranks. Oregon State has offered both defensive backs. Justin Tryon has loads of skill, speed and leaping ability, while highly respected COC coach Chuck Lyon calls him "a Pac-10 corner."

In addition to Oregon State, Tryon (5.10.5, 184) holds an offer from BYU, with Nebraska, Michigan State and Washington State all showing him plenty of recruiting love. He has no frontrunners.

"I'm just weighing my options," said Tryon.

Tryon said he wasn't as familiar with the schools as he hopes to be in the near future but what he did know about Oregon State, he liked.

"I like Oregon State," said Tryon. "They play a lot of man defense."

THE PLAN is to set up some official visits soon although with games on Saturdays, Tryon would likely be able to take only one trip during the season. He named Nebraska as a possible official visit destination for the October 8 bye weekend.

The former Taft High standout said he hopes to play in a defensive system that is aggressive, has an attacking style and to play for a secondary coach "that has a bit of a chip on his shoulder."

While finding a good fit with respect to program, coaches and players at the next level is certainly important, foremost in Tryon's mind will be the academics at a school.

"The main thing is academics," said Tryon. "You've got to have a fallback plan because football is not guaranteed."

Tryon took a year off after graduating from Taft and like B.T. Walker, will be receiving his AA degree in December.

That's something that makes him even more an attractive prospect to a four year school since he'd enroll in January and be eligible to participate in spring ball.

Tryon has not yet used a redshirt year and has three to play two, although he appears likely to provide a school with immediate playing ability for the 2006 season.

LAST SEASON at College of the Canyons, Tryon had 25 tackles (22 unassisted), three interceptions and eight pass break-ups. Through three games this year, he has seven tackles including six solo stops. With he and Walker manning the corners, teams aren't testing them much so far.

"I'm not liking that at all," laughed Tryon.

Tryon was also on the Track and Field team and represented COC at the State Finals last May in the 200m, clocking a time of 21.82.

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