Beavs high on in-state athlete

GRANT HIGH in Portland promises to be a popular destination for college coaches out on the recruiting trail this year. One of the football prospects is a 6-0, 175 pound defensive back/wide receiver, one of the area's top athletes and a player who has drawn significant interest from the Beavs according to his prep coach. But which sport he plays at the next level remains to be seen.

Paul McCoy is one of a number of Grant football prospects, a list that includes Andre Broadous, Alex Melson, Sam Buckingham and Bryan Butcher.

"We have a number of kids that people are interested in, Paul McCoy being one. Oregon State is really high on Paul," said said Grant coach Diallo Lewis.

McCoy was first team all league at both defensive back and wide receiver as a junior and second team all state at defensive back.

"He's just a great all-around athlete," said Lewis.

And one that excels in different sports. He was the player of the year in basketball in the PIL and helped lead his team to the state tourney.

McCoy averaged 18.1 points per game on the hardcourt over the regular season, the second best total in the PIL and one that placed him among the 6A state leaders.

Whether he will play football or basketball has yet to be decided with McCoy going back and forth but Lewis thinks he has a bright future on the gridiron if he chooses to go that way.

"On the football field he just does an amazing job no matter what he's doing, whether it's running with the football, blocking, playing defensive back, his ability to catch the ball, he's just phenomenal. Last year he had 21 touches and 11 touchdowns," said Lewis.

McCoy also placed third in the triple jump and fifth in the state last year -- as a sophomore.

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