Carey commits to Oregon

Jordan Carey, a 5-11.5, 196-pound athlete from Olympia (Wash.) Capital has made his decision. On an unofficial trip to Oregon this week, Duck head coach Mike Bellotti offered Carey an opportunity to attend school in Eugene and Jordan wasted little time in snatching up the coveted offer. Carey will start out as a receiver for the Ducks but has the athleticism to play both ways.

"It was interesting," Michael Carey, Jordan's father told today. "Coach Bellotti offered Jordan and he didn't know what to say. It was one of the few time I've seen him speechless. We talked about it the rest of the day and then he decided to commit. We researched all the schools carefully and thought it was the best fit for him, not only to play but also for the academic support and coaching staff."

There's also a bit of a familial tie...sort of. "Jordan's cousin...his best friend is Scott Vossmeyer," Michael said. "We just met him on Saturday."

The Careys were admittedly caught a little off-guard by Bellotti's decision to offer their son. "From what they had been saying, Oregon just doesn't offer players early," Michael said. "I know they were impressed with Jordan at their camp. I guess they felt, 'why wait?'. They were being pro-active."

Before the Oregon offer, Oregon State and Louisiana Tech were Jordan's only other offers. There's no question that Carey was well on his way to receiving more before cutting the process short. "Washington would have probably offered this fall," Michael said. "They were very interested. Arizona State was also very interested. Same with USC and UCLA. Washington State was giving him a fair amount of attention, as was Ohio State and Northwestern."

Carey rushed 65 times for 897 yards and 10 scores and caught 22 balls for 342 yards and reached the endzone an additional 9 times for Capital last season. He also returned two punt returns for touchdowns and one interception return for a score just for good measure. Defensively, Jordan had 8 picks, 27 solo tackles and 21 assisted tackles. For his efforts on the gridiron, Carey was named to the second-team all-area team as a receiver by the Tacoma News Tribune. Carey's latest 40 time is 4.53. His other numbers include a 37-inch vertical jump, 235-pound bench press, 460-pound squat and a 225-pound power clean.

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