KEARNS — Another top-10 high school football player in the state of Utah is headed west for college.
To the Pacific Northwest, that is.
Kearns' Jeffrey Bassa, a three-star athlete who projects as a safety at the next level, announced Monday evening his commitment to Oregon. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound safety is rated the No. 7 overall recruit in the Beehive State, and No. 1-rated safety.
Bassa selected Oregon over a top 3 that also included Utah and Oklahoma State, as well as others.
“The hardest part of this journey is taking the time to say no to coaches who have built relationships with me and my family," Bassa said on Instagram Live. "However, I know exactly where I belong and where I want to be. I have finally chosen to step through the door that God has opened for me.”
Players are not bound by oral commitments until National Signing Day. But if he makes reaffirms his pledge with a signature, Bassa will join top-rated tackle Kingsley Suamataia of Orem and Corner Canyon center Jackson Light with the Ducks. Former Orem linebacker Noah Sewell, the top-rated local recruit from last year's Class of 2020 by 247 Sports, also elected to join his older brother Penei at Oregon.
A two-way player with the Cougars, Bassa has 222 yards of total offense and 35 tackles at Kearns (7-1), who wrap up the regular season Friday at Cyprus.