Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral four-star center Justin Dedich has had a busy fall. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound center prospect is focused not only on helping his high school team get more wins, but also on visiting each college that has offered him a scholarship.
The class of 2018 blue-chip prospect already has offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, Iowa State, Nevada, Southern Utah, UCLA, UNLV, and Washington State. Dedich has no recruiting favorites, nor is he waiting for a particular offer. Instead, he is trying to keep as open a mind as possible throughout his recruitment as he visits each school.
Dedich took unofficial visits this offseason to Cal, Fresno State, Nevada, San Diego State, UCLA, USC. He also visited UCLA for a game earlier this fall. As he continues the process of taking visits, the SoCal native made a weekend trip to Fort Collins and Boulder to check out Colorado State and Colorado two weeks ago.
He took in the Buffs' win over Oregon State on Saturday afternoon, then made a quick trip up to CSU to visit campus and take in the Border War between CSU and Wyoming. He then tripped back to Boulder on Sunday to tour the campus.
Dedich's time in Fort Collins opened his eyes to what Colorado State has to offer.
“I got a nice, brief hour tour before the game. The campus was beautiful,” Dedich explained. “It was by far the best Mountain West school I've seen so far. I love the new stadium that Colorado State's building; it's going to be really cool next year. I like the atmosphere of the game and the fan base. I thought the cannon that goes off every touchdown, that scared me. But that's pretty cool and unique.”
CSU's staff, including primary recruiters Terry Fair and Will Friend, had a chance to speak with Dedich before the game. Both coaches had previously met Dedich this spring while out on the recruiting trail.
“I got a tour from Leah Knight and another staffer, and they gave me a wonderful tour. It was cool hanging with them. Then I met up with Coach Friend – I saw him at the USC camp. So I saw him again Saturday night and I saw Coach Fair. I didn't get a chance to talk to Coach Bobo after the game."
His overall impressions of meeting with the CSU staff?
“I had already met both of those coaches, so it was more of just catching up with them. They kind of explained in more detail Colorado State now that I've seen it. It was definitely cool.”
Dedich is a versatile lineman who can play every line position but translates best at center due to his size. He plays tackle for Chaparral.
“They said they like how low and quick off the ball I get, because they said that's rare to see from a high school kid my size. They like how I'm versatile on the o-line, like how I play all five spots and all over the d-line.”
Dedich explained that Will Friend came across him at a USC camp this spring. Friend told Fair, who recruits the southern California footprint, about Dedich and the pair begin recruiting Dedich heavily.
While the Rams have made a strong impression thus far, Dedich has no timetable on announcing a commitment.
“I'm just trying to visit as many colleges as I can to get a feel for the best fit for me. I'm trying to find out what all I like.”