Jamal Prater is ready to commit to Oregon but the Etiwanda, Calif., offensive tackle has to visit the campus first so the 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect is planning a trip to Eugene sometime this month.
Prater, who also has offers from Washington State, Oregon State, San Diego State and San Jose State, said he wants to be a part of the Ducks' recruiting class but that coach Chip Kelly has a visit-first policy before a commitment.
"It was between Washington State and Oregon and I visited Washington State and it wasn't for me so I told my dad I was going to commit to Oregon," Prater said.
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"We made a plan before we visited Washington State so I told him and my dad was really cool with it. I told him after we left Washington State that I was going to commit (to Oregon) and he said you have to visit the campus to be fully committed."
Prater said he has talked with Oregon signee Tony Washington, a three-star defensive end from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos, about the recruiting process and committing to the Ducks and is now even more comfortable with his decision.
"Tony Washington is going up there and I talked to him about it and he said Oregon is cool and I know there are offers after the season that might come but those are last-minute offers," Prater said.
"I talked to other recruits that have gone through the process and they say your best offers are when you get offered in the summer so that prompted me to want to commit to Oregon."
Even though he's ready to commit to Oregon it might not happen immediately on his visit - and if it doesn't Ducks' fans shouldn't be worried. Prater said he'd like to maybe return home and talk it over with his family before finalizing things but things are looking strong for Oregon at this point.
"I want to go up with my family and visit and then maybe come back and then make my decision," Prater said.