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Dawson Jaramillo high on national radar

The Lake Oswego offensive lineman already has offers from Pac-12 schools


Dawson Jaramillo, shown here after receiving an offer from Oregon State University, also has offers from University of California and the University of Oregon. Whether on the football or the baseball field, it’s difficult to miss Lake Oswego’s Dawson Jaramillo. The incoming junior stands at a towering 6’5” and 265 pounds, making him a preternatural offensive lineman.

Jaramillo has been on the national radar practically since junior high because of his size and naturally quick feet.

“He just has a lot of that God-given ability. He has the size and he’s athletic and now he’s really tapping into it,” Lake Oswego coach Steve Coury said.

He saw time on Lake Oswego’s varsity team as a freshman due to a handful of injuries, something extremely rare for an offensive lineman.

He credits a handful of recently graduated seniors with helping him develop after he was thrown into a high level of competition unexpectedly.

“I really didn't expect that at all but it was good for me to see that kind of talent and I had a great group around me,” Jaramillo said.

Playing at the youth level, it was difficult for Jaramillo to find players who could match up against him.

Jaramillo began getting looks from college coaches early on as players with his build and natural athleticism don’t come along often.

“It really picked up in the past few months. I didn’t think it would happen this quickly,” Jaramillo said.

Jaramillo was named the 10th best prospect in the country for the class of 2018 but he has tried to keep his focus on the task at hand, which is the upcoming football season.

“I’m just trying to look at what’s right in front of me and I’m really excited for the fall,” Jaramillos said.

He has been invited and participated in a handful of football camps around the country where coaches can get a better look at his skill set.

Three Pac-12 schools were in on him early, giving him offers already. Cal was the first team to officially give him and offer, followed closely by Oregon State and University of Oregon.

Jaramillo had grown up as an Oregon fan and has been impressed with its coaching staff, particularly on the offensive line so the offer from the Ducks was a dream come true.

Jaramillo has had an exceptionally busy summer already. Not only has he been concentrating on football camps, he is also playing for the baseball team’s summer league team when he’s available.

Jaramillo is a strong prospect as a first-baseman with raw power at the plate. While he enjoys baseball, he knows that, long-term, football will be his focus.

“I know I’m good at baseball but I don’t think I’m collegiate or MLB good,” Jaramillo said.

He is excited for the upcoming football season where he and fellow junior Shawn Elliott figure to anchor a very strong offensive line this year.

“I think we’ll get back to really pounding the ball with a couple of guys like that up front,” Coury said.