Running back sets decision timetable

IT IS SHAPING UP to be an early decision for Skylar Jessen, with Oregon State and Washington State tied at the top for the Spokane standout. The running back has taken unofficial trips to Corvallis, Eugene and Pullman in the last two weeks, and with the start of official practices beginning today at Mead High, said he plans to make his college choice around the first game of his season.

A short time ago, Jessen said he didn't have a good handle on when he'd like to make a decision.

"I don't really have a clue right now," he said on August 7. "I wish I did."

Things have changed since his recent visits to Oregon State, Washington State and Oregon. A verbal commitment looks to be a little over two weeks away for Jessen.

"Not yet," said Jessen on Tuesday. "I'm getting close though."

How close?

"The day of, or the day after, my first game," said Jessen, when asked what his timetable for announcing a decision looks like. Mead's season opener is scheduled for September 2.

It looks to be coming down to two schools for the 5-11, 200-pounder. Jessen traveled to Oregon and OSU last week and returned from Washington State Tuesday evening. He said on Tuesday the Beavs and the Cougars are the two schools who are looking good to him right now. Boston College, Harvard and Eastern have also offered.

THIS SUMMER, Jessen and his teammates have been practicing for a while on their own but today marks the first official practice at Mead.

"I'm looking forward to that," said Jessen. "Everyone is looking good. All the linemen have been getting in the weight room, working hard."

JESSEN GAINED 960 yards on on 105 carries with 14 TDs despite missing four games after going down with a high ankle injury. His mobility was limited for the rest of the year, and he had surgery the day after Mead ended their season.

As a sophomore, Jessen rushed for 1,965 yards on 190 carries and a 10.6 yard average. Named league offensive MVP and earning first team All-GSL honors, he set a single-season league scoring record with 34 TDs.

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