Prater commits to Oregon

Etiwanda offensive lineman Jamal Prater, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, has verbally committed to the University of Oregon according to an article by Duck Sports Authority. Prater, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive tackle, gave the pledge after an unofficial visit to Eugene on Wednesday according to this article, which is available with a Rivals.com subscription.

Prater is the latest in a recent line of local prospects to commit/sign with the Ducks, who signed Los Osos DE Tony Washington, Colton S Derrick Malone and Colton K Alejandro Maldonado in February. Prater chose Oregon over offers from Oregon State, Washington State, San Diego State and San Jose State.

Chung goes to New England

Oregon safety Patrick Chung, a Rancho Cucamonga High School graduate, has just been drafted by the New England Patriots with the second pick of the second round (34th overall). Chung, a four-year starter for the Ducks, is the third Cougar defensive back to be a second-round pick during the last three years, joining the Detroit Lions’ Gerald Alexander (2007) and the New York Giants’ Terrell Thomas (2008).

San Jose State defensive end Jarron Gilbert should also be drafted before the end of the second round today. Gilbert is a graduate of Chino High, just like Sedrick Ellis, the New Orleans Saints’ first-round draft pick a year ago.