Top 50 corner visits Beavs, 'loved it'

OREGON STATE HAS successfully targeted the state of Arizona as an ancillary recruiting ground the past few years -- Keaton Kristick, Geoff Garner, Mitchel Hunt, Rueben Robinson, Jovan Stevenson, Rory Ross, Markus Wheaton -- they all hail from the Grand Canyon State. This past weekend, the Beavs made strides with another 'Zona native, a Top 50 cornerback on his official visit to OSU.

"It was great, actually. I loved it out there," said Jourdan Grandon, a 6-0, 180-pound corner out of Avondale's Westview High.

Grandon is rated the No. 45 corner prospect in the nation and three stars. He's athletic enough that he also plays quarterback at Westview. As a junior, he was first team all-region on both sides of the ball, racking up 37 tackles and four interceptions on D, while throwing for 1,526 yards and 11 TDs versus 4 INTs. He also rushed for 759 yards and 8 more scores.

Grandon said one of the things he noticed most on the weekend -- the team unity.

"I loved how the team chemistry was, they were all like brothers. They had a family chemistry, it's hard to find that in college and I liked that," said Grandon. "I hung out with Rashaad Reynolds and James Dockery a lot."

GRANDON, NATURALLY, was paying particular attention to the Beaver cornerbacks preparation and game action.

"I liked how they went about their business, how they went about what they had to do. And they played a good game," said Grandon.

Grandon said he met with all the OSU coaches, with Mike Riley, Keith Heyward and Gary Beck, the Beavs' Coordinator of Support Services, the three he spent the most time with over the weekend.

"Coach Riley, he's a really nice guy. I liked him a lot, I liked his personality. Coach Heyward, he's a good young coach and really into it. I think he's a really good guy and someone I can relate to."

Grandon holds offers from OSU, UA, ASU and Washington among others, and said he plans on scheduling official trips to Arizona, ASU and Colorado for later this season.

"I like the schemes Arizona runs at corner. I like the history the DB coach he coaches players and how he's sent them on from college football," said Grandon.

DISTANCE, HOWEVER, IS no longer a factor following his trip to Corvallis.

"You know, after going out there to Oregon State, it's kinda like I wouldn't really be thinking about not being (home) in Arizona," said Grandon. "I wouldn't mind getting out of here, I've been here all my life.

"I was thinking of making a decision after the season. If I come to a point where I feel comfortable and know where I want to go, then I would commit. It's all about taking my time and making a good decision."

And chalk one up for the Pacific Northwest weather, too.

"It was a nice change of pace from Phoenix. You know what, I loved the weather there at Oregon State.

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