LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – One of the top-rated class of 2018 high school football players in Oregon says he will play for the Ducks.
Dawson Jaramillo, a junior offensive lineman at Lake Oswego High School, on Saturday tweeted he has decided to stay in his home state and play football for new head coach Willie Taggart and the Ducks.
“I have had the privilege and honor to travel all over the country and visit incredible universities to meet some amazing coaches,” Jaramillo wrote in a note. “However, Oregon is my home. I’ve grown up a fan and dreamt about the opportunity to play there. That is why with a lot of prayer and consulting from my family and friends, I have decided to play football for the University of Oregon.”
Jaramillo, who is 6-foot-5 and 297 pounds, is rated as the best class of 2018 prospect in Oregon by ESPN. He’s also rated as the 59th best player in the country.
Jaramillo’s commitment to Oregon bucks a recent trend of local players choosing not to play for the Ducks. The top seven players in the class of 2017, as rated by 247Sports, did not commit to the Ducks. Five of those players committed to other Pac-12 schools.