2018 blue-chip lineman stops by Front Range

Justin Dedich, currently the top ranked offensive center prospect from the Class of 2018, made the most of his time in the Centennial State last weekend. The 6-foot-2, 275-pounder from Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral spent Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning in Boulder, and he was up in Fort Collins to watch the Border War on Saturday evening.

We got to visit the state of Colorado for the first time and it was a lot of fun,” recapped Dedich. “The CU game was first. We got there early, about two hours before kickoff. They gave us a mini tour of their facilities. It was great to see how beautiful the school is. And then they showed us Ralphie. That was crazy how she ran out on the field. I got to see the other recruits there and talk to some of the commits.

And then at night, right after the CU game, we went to CSU and I got a tour there. I like the new stadium they are building. Everything there is modernized on their campus so I thought CSU was beautiful as well. We went to the game and I got to talk to their recruiting staff and a couple of coaches I had met before. It was a good game, I had fun.

'And then Sunday morning, I went back to CU and they gave me a full tour of the campus. It was great. I liked the atmosphere. CU is so nice. With the mountains in the background, it is different than most schools, so I enjoyed that. I definitely like the new facilities they have and enjoyed touring it, and getting to learn about their football program and what they believe in.”

Colorado and Colorado State have already extended an offer to Dedich, and he has other early offers from Fresno State, Iowa State, Nevada, San Diego State, Southern Utah, UCLA, UNLV and Washington State.

Right now I am just trying to get a feel for what I want in a college,” he said. “That is why I am trying to go to as many campuses as I can. I'll probably wait until sometime next season before I really narrow down my search and start to get a feel for what college is best for me.”

Dedich has spent time playing every position on the offensive line during his prep career at Chaparral, and he is preparing to play some defensive tackle in “certain packages” going forward this season.

When I talked to CU and CSU the other day, they were telling me they like how versatile I am and how, for being a bigger man, I can get low and come off the ball fast,” Dedich said. “They said it is rare to see that in a high school player.”

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