January 16, 2008
Jarrett knew it was Oregon for some time
With Signing Day looming, three-star defensive end Jamaar Jarrett knew it was time to make his decision. When it came down to it, though, the San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills star found that selecting the right college for him was not all that hard.
The 6-6, 240-pound Jarrett made his decision for Oregon earlier this week over scholarship offers from the likes of Arizona State, Colorado, Cal, Nebraska and Michigan.
"I was pretty sure that's where I wanted to go for awhile. It's always been leaning towards Oregon since I first went up there and it's always stayed the same," Jarrett said. "I wanted to take my other trips and really figure it out. Washington didn't go through and I was planning on taking a trip to Colorado, but it got too late and I needed to make a decision. Arizona State was my only other trip."
Instead of holding a press conference or calling the coaches over the phone, Jarrett got to issue his commitment face-to-face with the Oregon coaching staff.
"Coach [Michael] Gray, the position coach, came down along with Coach [John] Neal and Coach Al [Nick Aliotti] the defensive coordinator and I just kind of made the decision," said Jarrett. "I gave them the commitment when they were down here. They seemed very excited and it seemed like I was a big prospect for them."
When coming to a decision, Jarrett found support for his choice from his family and when he goes to Oregon next fall they will be there supporting him still.
"My mom wanted me to go there for awhile," said Jarrett. "She's moving up there after I graduate from high school and my grandmother's up there, so I've got some family up there."
Jarrett made his official visit to Oregon the weekend of Nov. 2 and was able to gather the necessary information he needed to make his decision. More than anything, though, his choice was based on an overall feel.
"It's a mixture of all of it," Jarrett remarked. "It's not so much family because I'm not going to see them as much as I'm going to be around the team and coaches. When I was up there the coaches showed me a lot of hospitality and it felt good being there. The whole thing was just a positive.
"I feel like I made the right decision and I think it is going to be a positive thing me going up there, especially with family following me. I'll have a lot of support. My school that I'm at now, they're all supporting me."
Jarrett has been a dominant force for his high school on the defensive line the last two years. He tallied 83 tackles and nine sacks as a junior and added eight more sacks as a senior despite being the focus of every opponent's offensive line.
"This season was a lot harder than last. I was double teamed and triple teamed, but I managed to get eight sacks," Jarrett added.
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