Cougs look in familiar place for RB talent

WASHINGTON STATE, WHICH two years ago found a bruising, slashing runner at St. Paul High in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., are looking that direction again this recruiting season. Nicholas Grigsby, a running back/corner prospect who hails from Cougar RB Dwight Tardy's alma mater, has a WSU scholarship offer and enough moves to put John Travolta to shame.

Whereas Tardy is more of a power back, Grigsby (5-11.5, 178) uses the variety of the cuts, spins and swerves in his repertoire to chew up yardage -- and he did it against some top flight competition. St. Paul plays against schools with enrollments two -- sometimes three times bigger. That didn't stop Grigsby.

"He did some great things against some really good football teams," said St. Paul head man Marijon Ancich, the winningest coach in California high school history.

IN ADDITION TO Washington State, Grigsby also holds offers from Oregon, Kentucky, Oregon State, Washington and Arizona. As a junior, he rushed for approximately 1780 yards, a 9.6 ypc average, whilst scoring 33 TDs including a pair of 93 yard thrill rides.

"He's got an uncanny ability to change direction, and then be as fast as he was moving but going the other way," said Ancich.

BUT GRIGSBY COULD also play as a corner at the next level. He didn't play full time on defense in 2005 -- the Swordsmen needed him in the offensive backfield and also in at receiver.

"As a running back, that's where he got most of his fame last year because we were a one man team in the backfield with him," said Ancich.

Cornerback, however, is one of the hardest position to recruit to for colleges, so don't be surprised if some schools look to recruit Grigsby this year for college work out on the island.

Nicholas Grigsby profile

An offensive lineman with great foot position, Jose Perez (6-4, 299) stays on his blocks and makes life very difficult for defenders attempting to separate from him, says Ancich. All that's left is for Perez to realize how good he can be and put in the extra work required to get there.

"He has some real potential," said Ancich. "If he wants to get it done, he's going to get it done."

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