Justin Dedich is a recruit that is in demand. He has already seen his recruitment take off and it is only March of his junior year. The Chaparral High School standout offensive lineman has already amassed offers from 19 different programs. The analysts at Scout have taken notice as well giving Dedich a four-star rating and the distinction of being the number one center prospect in the nation for the 2018 recruiting cycle.
“It’s crazy to think that, I never dreamed that I would achieve that honor,” Dedich responded when asked about his top rating. “I always kind of looked up to the top rated guys and now it is just really cool to have that same consideration. It’s an honor.”
Oregon State is the latest school to extend an offer, joining Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, Iowa State, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, TCU, UCLA, UNLV, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Southern Utah and Yale. The Beavers offer is one that caught his eye however and a visit is in the works.
“I want to visit as many schools as possible before making a decision. Just the other night, my Dad & I were looking at tickets to get up and look at Oregon State soon. I definitely want to get out there to see them as well as a number of other schools that have offered. I have to get back up to UCLA because they have a new o-line coach, so right now that’s really the only other place that I know for sure I want to get out to.”
Chaparral High might have one of the best offensive lines in the state of California next year. In addition to Dedich, they also boast four-star tackle prospect Steven Jones, who was also the recipient of an offer from the Beavers. As of now, the two envision playing alongside one another beyond next fall.
“Steven and I want to play next to one another, so we talk about that kind of stuff a lot. I mean I’ve been our left guard and he’s been our left tackle for the past three years, so we have been playing together and know one another really well. We definitely want to take our visits together.”
ASU, Colorado, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, SDSU, UNLV, Utah, Washington, and Washington State have all extended offers to the both Dedich and Jones.
As the recruiting process moves along for Justin, he has an idea of what he’s looking for in his future home and what’s an important draw for him.
“Academics is the number one priority for me. I’m thinking about majoring in sports medicine or physical therapy. The alumni base, student fan base and campus atmosphere are also really important to me. I want to be able to ask myself, would I still want to go there if I didn’t have football?”