Oregon added another high schooler to their stash of future Ducks. Defensive end, and Phoenix resident, Jalen Jelks made a verbal commitment to spend his college career with Mark Helfrich and company. He chose Oregon over top flight schools such as Wisconsin and Boise State as well as Pac-12 competitors Arizona State, Washington and California. Jelks is a three star recruit according to 247 Sports and weighs in at 6’5′, 246.
Jelks would mark the ninth recruit overall of the 2014 class, although he has not yet signed his letter of intent. He is also the 2nd defensive end of the 2014 class, the first being junior college transfer Tui Talia. He will not only play defensive end his senior year in high school, but tight end and defensive tackle. Though Jelks will likely stick to D-end in college, he is contemplating a number of possibilities.
Jelks told ESPN’s Erin McKinney, “I’m only 16, so I have a ton of room for growing,” Jelks said. “I’d probably play defensive tackle if I moved. I don’t think I’d gain enough weight to play offensive line.”
A ton of credit can be given to defensive line coach Ron Aiken who sent out an inspirational e-mail that led to Jelks decision to end his recruiting process and commit to Oregon.
Nice work Ron!
Photo courtesy of Kevin Cline.