Gridiron or hardcourt for Portland's McCoy?

PORTLAND DEFENSIVE BACK prospect Paul McCoy is an uber-athlete, having already earned a basketball scholarship offer and making a verbal commitment to Pepperdine. But does football still remain a possibility and if so, is Oregon State still in the mix? What's the football contact been like from the two in-state schools of late, as well as from other suitors? Answers can be found within.

Whether Grant High's McCoy plays football or basketball at the next level is yet to be decided.

"I'm still debating," said McCoy. "I'm not sure yet."

Over the last few months, McCoy said he has continued to garner football interest from a number of schools.

"UNLV, Boise State, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Arizona State, Oregon State -- so some good schools," said McCoy. "UNLV really is the one I've been hearing from the most."

THE SENIOR SEASON for McCoy on the gridiron looks to go a long ways towards if he earns scholarships, and from whom, for football.

"I think most want to wait until after my senior year. Most of them are saying they want to see how consistent I am and some (early season tape) during my senior year," said Brown.

Recruiting has slowed down everywhere with most college coaches on vacation in July, although he said he's still been reading up a bit on the in-state schools.

"I haven't really talked to (the OSU and UO) coaches lately, I get text messages here and there. They're just telling me little things about their school, they started their camp, they're wishing me luck, things like that, nothing too big," said Brown.

AS A JUNIOR, McCoy was first team all league at both defensive back and wide receiver, and second team all state at defensive back. Oregon State and most other schools are recruiting McCoy at defensive back.

Offensively, McCoy is a threat to take it to the house at any time. He 'only' had 16 catches but those translated to 517 yards, a 32.3 average and a sparkling 10 touchdowns. All told, he had 11 TDs on a mere 21 offensive touches.

McCoy was 2nd in the PIL in scoring at 17.9 p.p.g. this past hoops season. He's 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.

McCoy is one of a number of Grant football prospects in the class of '08, a list that includes Andre Broadous, Alex Melson, Sam Buckingham and Bryan Butcher.

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