Newest Commit Feels at Home in Oregon

All it took was a rousing game, wild fans and being around a team that made him feel right at home for defensive tackle Jared Ebert to know where he belonged. Ebert, 6-5, 270 is a premier defensive tackle from Iowa Western Community College and has given a verbal commitment to the University of Oregon.

"The final straw was when I went out with a group of players after the game," Ebert said of his decision to give the Oregon Ducks his commitment. "The way they interacted with each other made me feel I belonged."

Ebert was in Eugene last weekend when the Ducks knocked off Arizona to secure at least a tie for the Pac-10 championship and more importantly take one more step in the quest for a spot in the BCS Championship game on January 10th.

"The crowd is just ridiculous," said Ebert of the Autzen Stadium fans. "I thought I'd go deaf from all the noise."

Describing himself as a player who has size, is strong and agile, he has been told by the Oregon coaches to stay at his or about his weight.

"They like the strong, quick guys," Ebert said of what the Duck coaches are looking for.

School wise, Ebert is hoping to knock out 14 credit hours of work by March so that he can head out west to Oregon and enroll in time for spring quarter and spring workouts. He is carrying a 3.0 GPA and it is just a matter of completing the course work so for the meantime, Ebert is a hard working student rather than a football player. When he does arrive on campus in Eugene he'll have three years to complete two years of competition.

Even though he is hitting it hard in the class room and library, he'll still keep working out in the weight room. He bench presses 425 pounds, squats 500 and power cleans 300 pounds.

The latest commitment to the Ducks felt that Oregon was "everything (he) expected plus more."

"I couldn't see myself playing anywhere else and decided to commit," admitted Ebert.

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