JUCO cornerback Jhavonte Dean impresses Alabama for the second-sraight camp, earns offer

Alabama hosted several blue chips Saturday but only a few participated in a private workout, including JUCO CB Jhavonte Dean, who reeled in an offer from Nick Saban.

"The Process" is often the default phrase used to describe Nick Saban's winning ways at Alabama, from his attention to detail to recruiting prowess to gameday risk-taking, etc. 

The recipient of his latest scholarship offer calls the journey to learning of it a process within itself, but Blinn College defensive back Jhavonte Dean got the confirmed news Saturday while making his initial visit to Tuscaloosa. It was the second time he worked out for UA after impressing many assistants at a TCU-hosted camp earlier this month.

"It means a lot because it was a process, like a two-week process," he said. "After the workout today they were excited about it since I did very good at the workout. I got the chance to workout with Nick Saban and the DB coach, Derrick Ansley."

It was Dean's first workout for Saban, but not with his secondary coach.  

"It was exciting, I actually knew coach Ansley when he was at Kentucky," he said. "He already knew about me but they never pulled the trigger at Kentucky but working with him again was even better because he was at 'Bama, it was a better workout than last time, it was kind of a hard workout. I'll go one time, and if it wasn't fast enough, he'd make me go over. Stuff like that, nit-pick, small things, but you learn. 

"Saban was like over everything, kind of watched, looked back, did his work and scouted. He was there the whole time."


Following field work the Miami-native and one-time Cincinnati transfer got to go where every UA visitor hopes, Saban's office.  

"He was telling me the staff all looked at me, they all watched my tape and they liked it and told me I have the opportunity to play at 'Bama," Dean said. "Then he went into the success the defensive backs had the past few years and he was telling me the three things you need as a DB. 

"One is press, man-to-man. Two is don't give up the deep ball and three was to find the ball. He was giving me hints and clues on what it takes to win and be prepared for the next level, the NFL. He also talked to me about graduation and finishing at my university with a degree."

Though it's his second time amid the college football recruiting process, there was a point Saturday in which the rising-sophomore didn't have much to say. 

"Not much to say because he's like the God," Dean said of Saban. "So I was just kind of going along with it and nodding my head. Listening and taking it all in, trusting him." 

The Florida Gators offered two days before the Crimson Tide did, and it they'll likely host him sometime in July. A decision between the SEC programs, plus offers from TCU, Utah, Oregon State, UCF and others, could go down soon after the 2016 season begins. Alabama will remain in the thick of it for one of the top junior college defensive backs in the class, who has three years to play two following the upcoming campaign.

"They're in the top (group), they're up there," Dean said.

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