On Monday, 2014 defensive tackle Jalen Jelks verbally committed to the Oregon Ducks. Jelks is a three-star recruit and is ranked as one of the Top 20 prospects from the state of Arizona.
The other teams that offered at Jelks, but did not get his commitment were the Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Sun Devils, California Golden Bears, Iowa State Cyclones, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Oregon State Beavers, Tennessee Volunteers, Utah Utes, Washington Huskies, and Wisconsin Badgers.
Oregon was heavily favored by many to land the three-star DT as four out of the five recruiting experts on 247Sports’ Crystal Ball picked the Ducks as the team to land him.
At 6’7″, 253 pounds, Jalen Jelks contains the size that Division I college programs look for in a defensive tackle. However, apart from his size, Jelks will need to develop a bit during his early years in Eugene.
This is because the Phoenix, AZ native is not the most athletic DT and does not display a high motor. He will also need to develop a better first step off the line of scrimmage and how to use his hands more effectively.
Jelks’ commitment is No. 9 overall for the Ducks and moves their class to 38th overall (up 3 spots) in the 247 Sports class rankings as of 6 p.m. EST. Oregon’s class also ranks 41st in the nation, according to Rivals.com.
The three-star recruit is currently ranked 19th in the state of Arizona and 65th among defensive tackles by 247Sports.
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