The four-star picked up an offer from the Beavers last June, making him one of the first members of the class of 2018 to receive an offer from OSU. This followed an initial offer from Cal’s previous coaching staff. He has since seen offers come in from Oregon (from both the previous and the new staff in Eugene), TCU, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Louisville, and Virginia.
After spending the past couple weekends taking unofficial visits to TCU and UCLA, he will make the trek down I-5 to take in the Beavers spring game and Junior Day activities.
“I’m excited to really get to see the players actually play in a more serious environment,” Jaramillo told BeaverBlitz. “This time, my mom and Grandpa are going to come down with me.”
Saturday will not be his first trip to Corvallis this spring, as he has made the drive down several times already. On his previous trips his dad accompanied him to campus, but getting other members of his family to see OSU can be viewed as a positive in his recruitment. However, the Jaramillo's are well acquainted with Corvallis due to some extended family living in the area.
“I have a lot of family down in Corvallis and am very familiar with the program. I’m actually related to Tim Euhus, the former tight end at OSU. I got to know Coach Riley while he was down there through Tim and then have really been able to develop relationships with the new coaching staff since they took over.”
The connection to Oregon State runs deep with his family but the relationships that he has built with Coach Andersen’s staff are the driving force in his interest with the program. In fact, on his last visit down to Corvallis, he was able to spend a good amount of time with the head coach and walked away extremely pleased with what he had to say.
“I’ve been down a couple times already this spring to watch a practice and a scrimmage," he said. "Last time down, I actually was able to sit down with Coach Andersen for about 45 minutes. We talked about who they are as a football program and coaching staff and then what they have to offer. What really resonated with me was that he wasn’t trying to sell me, like he wasn’t just telling me what I wanted to hear. He was very transparent, this is who we are and we’re not going to try to be anything else. If that’s appealing to you then you should come here. He also talked about Oregon State being his last job and that he plans on being here for a while. When he walks away from OSU, it will be to retire. It all really stood out to me.”
Following a couple good visits to Corvallis and with the big Junior Day approaching, where do the Beavers’ stand in Jaramillo’s recruitment?
“I think OSU will definitely be under consideration throughout the entirety of my recruitment. I’ve always thought about staying close to home for college and I have a lot of friends that play baseball down there already. I mean I’m open to going out of state, so I don’t want to write anyone off, but OSU is a school that I am interested in more than others right now.”
It appears that the Beavs are in a good position moving forward but don’t expect a commitment soon. Jaramillo intends to continue to build relationships with some of the other programs recruiting him so that when he makes his decision, he can be positive that it is the best place for him to spend the next 4-5 years of his life.
BeaverBlitz will follow up with Dawson Jaramillo and the rest of the unofficial visitors that are expected to be in Corvallis this weekend for the Beavers’ big Junior Day.