VERBAL: 'Very tough, courageous' CB to Beavs

THE NEWEST MEMBER of the Beaver family will come into Corvallis as a cornerback, though he has the skills to play safety or even offense according to his prep coach. The Player of the Year in his league, the standout was all set to sign on Feb. 7 with another school but decided to take one final trip. On the official visit to OSU, the 6-1, 180-pounder fell in love with all things Black and Orange.

Josh LaGrone had earlier decided he would stay at home and would be attending Nevada. But that was before he took his trip to Corvallis.

"Josh is going to Oregon State," said McQueen High coach Ken Dalton. "He though he was going to go to UNR. There was kind of a real family tie there (two brothers attended Nevada) but he went up and visited Oregon State and right then and there he knew he wanted to play in the Pac-10."

Dalton said he cautioned LaGrone to take some time to be sure he was making the right decision for the right reasons. After a few days went by, LaGrone was just as convinced as he was during his trip to Corvallis.

"He really liked the coaches, loved the stability of the program, (it) all had him really excited. I made him think about it for a day or two and then at that point, he said he was going to Oregon State," said Dalton.

THE CORNERBACK POSITION looks to be LaGrone's calling at OSU said Dalton, although he pointed out he also has the skills to play elsewhere. Regardless, he'll be bringing a certain toughness with him out on the field, said his coach.

"He's going to play corner for them," said Dalton. "He's quite an athlete, very very talented -- many people though he would be a wide receiver at the college level. He's very tough and very courageous. And if he puts on a little size, he could be a safety as well. He's very coachable, and he's just a very, very tough kid. First class in the classroom, great character. He will be a real asset to Oregon State."

Dalton also said not to be surprised if LaGrone ends up making plays out on special teams as well.

"He's also a punt returner, he returned four punts for touchdowns this year," said Dalton. "He runs a 4.44, 4.45. He can play on all three sides of the ball though he really likes the defensive side."

LaGrone captured the High Desert league Player of the Year award in '06. His senior campaign, LaGrone intercepted five passes, taking three of them to the house.

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