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Friday, January 18, 2013
Texas WR Hunter Jarmon Pac 12 bound

By Damon Sayles

For quite some time, wide receiver Hunter Jarmon (Waco, Texas/Midway) has been a huge fan of coach Mike Leach. When Washington State and Texas Tech were among his finalists, many thought Jarmon would ultimately choose one of those programs.

Friday night, the four-star receiver decided to join the Pac-12 -- and play against Leach next season.

Jarmon verbally committed to Oregon State and became the Beavers’ fourth four-star commit and 22nd overall for the 2013 recruiting class.

Jarmon visited Oregon State in November and felt an instant buzz with the overall environment. He was a fan of the campus, players and coaches, but he also enjoyed the city of Corvallis, Ore.

“I just had a gut feeling about it,” said Jarmon, who was recruited by Oregon State running backs coach Chris Brasfield. “They’ve got a really good fan base. And overall, I feel that Oregon State can help me become a better man.”

So who does Oregon State get?

Jarmon is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete who was a dominant player for a very talented Midway team. In addition to being an all-state honorable mention wide receiver, Jarmon also shined as a punter for Midway. He averaged 43 yards per punt and was named a first-team all-state selection.

Jarmon additionally had offers from Missouri, Tulsa, Kansas, SMU, North Texas and several other programs. He visited Kansas, Minnesota, Washington State and Oregon State. Jarmon had a Texas Tech visit scheduled for this weekend, but he chose to cancel it.

Jarmon said he still has a lot of respect for Leach and what he’s done for both Texas Tech and Washington State, but he’s comfortable with his decision to play for coach Mike Riley.

“There was something special about [Oregon State],” Jarmon said. “I felt there was something there that I didn’t feel on my other trips. I feel like I made the right decision.”