Since BeaverBlitz spoke with Justin Dedich back in March, he has seen a few new developments in his recruitment. The 4-star linemen, and nation's top rated center, has added several new offers with Arizona, Louisville, Ole Miss, Southern Cal, and Idaho all throwing their hats in the ring. He's also had a few new opportunities come his way in the form of exclusive invitations to participate in some of the nation's premier camps and all-star games. Justin has accepted invitations to participate in the U.S. Army All-American bowl game and the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame game, as well as next month's The Opening Finals at Nike World Headquarters.
"I'm really excited to be able to participate in the Opening because of the higher level of competition. I go against the same dudes at some of these other camps so you kind of get to learn their moves and stuff. I'm hoping that when I get up to Nike for this camp I'll get to go up against some of these kids from Florida and stuff. I'm hoping to also get some exposure to new techniques and moves that will help me get better," Dedich told BeaverBlitz when asked about what he's looking forward to while at The Opening.
Justin hopes to make the most of his time next month in Oregon to see the home of a program that he has long been trying to check out, the Oregon State Beavers. A teammate of his at Temecula's Chaparral High School, 4-star offensive tackle Steven Jones, recently visited Corvallis and the two have been able to talk about Jones' experience while up there.
"Since I'm going to be up in Portland for the Opening Finals, we're going to try to squeeze in a quick trip down to Corvallis to see their campus. I spoke with Steven (Jones) after he got back from his visit, he told me it was a good school.He said he liked the campus and how he's building that relationship with the coaches there."
In addition to trying to see Oregon State's campus, he would like to make visits to Ole Miss, Arizona, Oregon and Louisville in the future. Most recently, Dedich made a trip out to Salt Lake City to see the University of Utah, another program that has been aggressively recruiting him.
"My trip to Utah was great. I got to meet with Coach Harding and got to know how he coaches his o-line and who he is. It was a good experience overall."
With offers continuing to roll in, Dedich remains open to hearing from new programs. In all, Dedich currently has 23 offers with all of them currently on equal footing.