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Monday, January 21, 2013
D.J. Dean gets 1st SEC offer

By Damon Sayles

Cornerback D.J. Dean (Newton, Texas/Newton) was wondering if the recruiting process could get any better after a very positive visit at North Texas over the weekend. Then the SEC knocked on his door.

On Sunday, Dean was praising North Texas after he made the 5-hour drive to Denton, Texas, for an official visit. On Monday, the three-star defensive back picked up an offer from Arkansas during an in-home visit.

It was an offer he considered one of his biggest. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound cornerback now has 13 total, but Monday was his first SEC offer.

“It’s the SEC, man. That’s as good as it gets,” said Dean, who recently decommitted from Utah to explore his options. “They have high competition, and that’s what I want, to compete against the best.”

New Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash visited Dean and broke down to Dean what he wanted to do with the program in the near future. He talked about turning Arkansas’ defense into a respected unit in the conference.

“Basically, he said he wanted me to be a part of that turnaround,” Dean said. “At the end, he said they wanted to offer me. It’s a great program. I’ve got family in Arkansas, so that would be a plus.”

Prior to the offer, Dean had North Texas, Texas State and Baylor atop his list. Of the three, Baylor had not offered but was showing high interest.