Oregon defensive tackle Jared Ebert, a senior from Iowa City West HS (Iowa City, Iowa) and later Iowa Western CC (Council Bluffs, Iowa), enters his third season with the Oregon program.
Ebert played on both the offensive and defensive lines as a senior in high school, gaining some recruiting attention but ultimately taking the junior college route. From there he went on to begin a solid foundation that landed him in Division 1 football. Ebert received attention from Oregon, Oklahoma State, Penn State, TCU, Washington State and several other Division 1 programs before eventually signing his letter of intent with the Ducks.
As a freshman at Iowa Western CC, Ebert recorded 20 total tackles (nine unassisted, 11 assisted), 6.5 tackles for loss and one sack in seven games played. However, his sophomore season was his breakout year. In 2010, Ebert recorded 41 total tackles (19 unassisted, 22 assisted) to go along with 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.
Ebert received a three-star listing by Scout, and was ranked a four-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports. 247Sports listed Ebert as the No. 16 overall JC prospect, the No. 7 overall DT and the No. 1 prospect from Iowa.
Scout listed Ebert’s strengths as his intensity/effort, size and speed. Rivals listed his 2011 weight room marks at a 425 lbs bench and a 500 lbs squat. They listed his 40-yard dash at 4.8 seconds, which is quite good for a 6’5″ 285 lbs lineman. Of the three measurements listed, the 425 lbs bench sticks out as the most impressive. Most players don’t reach that mark, if ever, until at least a few years into a Division 1 weight training program.
Despite his strong marks, Scout listed Ebert’s weaknesses as his strength and techniques/moves. Learning from strength and conditioning coach Jim Radcliffe continued to improve his strength. Learning from former d-line coach Jerry Azzinaro for two seasons no doubt improved his technique as well.
Ebert enlisted in the 2011 Winter term, participating in spring practices including the 2011 Spring Game where he recorded four tackles, (two unassisted, two assisted), and one tackle for a loss. Ebert was a contributor on the team, but did not see playing time in 2011. Ebert recorded one tackle and one quarterback hurry in his lone appearance against Arkansas State in 2012.
With the entire starting d-line returning including seniors in Taylor Hart,Wade Keliikipi and Ricky Havili-Heimuli, it’ll be difficult for Ebert to compete for playing time with such a loaded rotation. Ebert is third on the depth chart for defensive tackle behind Havili-Heimuli and sophomore phenom Arik Armstead.