Jamal Prater is a big prospect at 6 feet 4 and 290 pounds and Wednesday the Etiwanda, Calif., offensive tackle picked up his biggest offer yet. Oregon is now on board with Washington State and San Diego State.
"They've been recruiting me for a while and one of the coaches came to our spring practice a couple months ago and they came out to just watch me and he was impressed," Prater said.
"Then coach Chip Kelly saw my grades and my video and he was impressed so I figured out they offered me. They've been e-mailing me but I don't check my e-mail that often but I checked it and I saw the offer."
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Prater said he's keeping an open mind about his recruitment and is in no rush to make a decision. Now that the Ducks have offered, Prater is planning to take an official visit to Eugene this fall.
"I'm just excited," Prater said of the Oregon offer. "I'm definitely going on my official visits and they'll be one of my official visits that I take. I'm pretty excited about them."
Prater, rated as the No. 64 offensive tackle in the 2011 class by Rivals.com, doesn't have his entire summer schedule finalized but he is planning a trip to Washington State, his first offer.
Because the Southern California recruit is not in any rush he's keeping all his options open but said he will always remember Washington State was the first to offer. Prater hopes now that Oregon is on the board that it opens him up for even more offers as his senior season approaches.
"I'm not trying to make my decision right now so I'm keeping an open mind to all of them but I keep in mind that Washington State offered me first," Prater said. "I'm interested in all of them and I haven't excluded any of them out yet just because Oregon has offered me.
"When this first started, people were telling me that I would get a small offer and then some other small offers and then I would get one big one and all the offers would start pouring in. That can be true because I haven't been to that many camps and I'm already getting offers."