In-state athlete takes in OSU experience

THE STATE OF OREGON will be criss-crossed by college football recruiters starting next Sunday with the start of the May Evaluation Period. One stop on the itinerary will be Portland's Grant High and one of the prospects there is making a case for top athlete in the state. He excels in football, basketball and track and field, and recently toured Oregon State during a Beaver junior day event.

"It was great," said Paul McCoy of the visit to Corvallis. "The facilities and everything were more than I expected. It was my first time being there on campus, I liked it a lot."

Among those showing early interest in McCoy (6.0, 180, 4.5) are Oregon State, Oregon, Boise State, Washington, Washington State, Colorado, Utah, Illinois, UNLV and Idaho. He said he also holds a Portland State offer for basketball.

"Oregon State is showing the most so far," said McCoy.

McCoy said depending on his schedule he plans on attending the junior day in Oregon later this month, and his summer camp plans are beginning to take shape.

"I'm going to the Oregon State camp for sure," said McCoy. "And (I might) hit the Oregon and Boise State camps."

Both of the in-state schools have caught his eye, he said.

"They're a great program," said McCoy of Oregon State. "I want to major in Engineering or Business and they said they're strong in those areas."

"I followed them during basketball and their basketball team did really well," he said of Oregon. "Their football team has had their ups and downs but that's a great school to go to."

Apart from the recent unofficial to OSU when he had a chance to talk with the staff one-on-one, McCoy said the contact from Oregon State has been through his coach at Grant, Diallo Lewis.

"Oregon State is really high on Paul," said Lewis recently. "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."

McCoy was first team all league at both defensive back and wide receiver as a junior and second team all state at defensive back. Oregon State and others are recruiting McCoy at defensive back, he said.

"I would (also) love to play receiver," said McCoy.

McCoy might be poised to put up some very crooked numbers his senior season on offense. Last year he had only 16 catches but those translated to 517 yards, a 32.3 average and 10 touchdowns. All told, he had 11 TDs on but 21 offensive touches.

Overall, McCoy is on the cusp of an outstanding junior season in athletics. In addition to his exploits on the football field, McCoy was second in the PIL in scoring at 17.9 p.p.g. this past hoops season. He's also the state's top returning triple jumper (44 feet) and second-best returning long jumper (21 feet, 5 inches), having placed third in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump at states as a sophomore.

Paul McCoy profile and video

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

  • The May Evaluation Period, when college coaches head out on the road recruiting, runs for six weeks between April 15 and May 31. Schools are allowed four weeks of the six to visit high school campuses to evaluate prospects. It is expected Oregon State will use the last four weeks of the period with spring ball winding up on April 28.

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