- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
For the second time this year, Utah has scored a commitment from the Lone Star State.
Versatile athlete D.J. Dean (Newton, Texas/Newton) verbally committed to the Utes on Friday, becoming Utah’s ninth commit of the 2013 recruiting class. Dean, a 5-foot-11, 183-pound, two-way standout, joins fellow Texan, three-star defensive end Sam Tevi (Euless, Texas/Trinity), in the class.
Dean, a dual-threat quarterback and cornerback for Newton, chose Utah over offers from Tulane, North Texas, Arkansas State, Illinois, Washington State and several other programs. He was recruited by safeties coach Morgan Scalley to play in Utah’s secondary as a Pac-12 cornerback.
“It feels good. I’m ready to get out there and play,” Dean said. “I just liked the family feel and the town. As far away as it is from home, you’re going to need someone to be there who’s like your parent. They give that.”
As a quarterback, Dean threw for 641 yards, eight touchdowns and only two interceptions, and he also rushed 82 times for 568 yards and eight scores during his junior season at Newton. Defensively, Dean rose to the occasion in passing situations, intercepting three balls to go along with 21 tackles. Dean additionally used his speed as a special teams returner. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds.
Dean said Utah’s family atmosphere was a major deciding factor, but he also said the Utes fit him best academically. He is looking to pursue a career in sports management.
“The academic program is really good there,” Dean said. “I wanted to go to a school with a good sports management program. It felt like it fit.”
Dean led Newton to a 9-3 record and the second round of the Texas Class 2A Division I playoffs in 2011.
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