Ebert Starts His Visits This Week

One of Oklahoma State's top junior college defensive tackle targets, Iowa Western standout Jared Ebert, begins the visit process this week with a trip to the Northwest to check out Oregon. The 6-5, 285-pound Ebert has also scheduled a visit to Oklahoma State on Dec. 10 and will be at Penn State in January, probably on Jan. 9.

"Those were the first schools to offer me," said Ebert. "I really want to go where I am wanted and needed, so I am looking at them first."

The native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Ebert was not recruited widely out of high school and needed to work on his academics but has seen his recruiting take off in recent weeks.

He helped lead Iowa Western to a conference championship this season and they will be playing Snow Junior College in a bowl game in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Dec. 4.

Ebert finished with 38 total tackles and 19 unassisted tackles. He had 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks that totaled 36 yards in lost real estate. As a team, Iowa Western only allowed 227.9 yards a game.

It is those numbers, and his impressive and athletic 6-5, 285-pound frame with the ability to run a 4.8 in the forty, that has Oregon, Oklahoma State and Penn State recruiting him. He can bench press 425 pounds and squats 500 pounds.

"I'm open with my other two visits," said Ebert, who also has offers from the likes of TCU, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa State, West Virginia, New Mexico, Western Kentucky, and Western Michigan.

"It is nice to have all those big time schools coming around. You know I wasn't really recruited out of high school. It is a relief and I always felt that I had the ability to play. It is a blessing to have those choices," he added.

Ebert will not graduate at midterm but said he is trying for March and that would allow him to transfer to schools on the quarter system.

"It is not definite, but it is something that will help me get some playing time because I could go through spring ball and that would help me," explained Ebert, adding it is not a deal breaker.

He really wants to play and that seems to be the most important factor. Oklahoma State will get its chance on Dec. 10.

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