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Evergreen High School (Washington) junior Caedmon "Fox" Crader visited the Oregon Ducks for their game against UCLA earlier this season knowing it could be a game-changer.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound lineman already thought highly of the program, but he wanted his dad, who lives in Texas, to see why Eugene was so special.

After that visit - and upon his dad's approval - Crader felt he may have found home.

On Monday, he made it official, announcing his commitment to Oregon over Miami, USC, Washington and others:

Through multiple offers, visits and countless conversations, Crader said Oregon offensive line coach Adrian Klemm has been a major key.

"He's actually probably recruiting me the hardest," Crader said prior to his decision. "We talk all of the time and are in a bunch of group chats together. Every time I'm down there he makes it a priority to see what's going on with me and my mom, and now my dad. He's a great guy and a great O-line coach. He's already taught me some things, critiquing my film and through camps." 

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Crader is rated a four-star prospect and the nation's No. 16 offensive tackle.

He is Oregon's second commitment in the class of 2024, joining North Medford (Oregon) four-star tight end A.J. Pugliano.

Crader's pledge also continues Oregon's trend of securing top Northwest talent in recent years.

The Ducks signed Rainier Beach (Washington) five-star offensive tackle Josh Conerly Jr. late in the 2022 recruiting cycle and have landed the No. 1 prospects in Oregon (Sheldon edge-rusher Teitum Tuioti), Washington (Rainier Beach cornerback Caleb Presley) and Idaho (Skyline tight end Kenyon Sadiq) this cycle. 

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