Sun Devils lead for JUCO tight end Mik'Quan Dean after visit

Arizona State is the team to beat for a junior college tight end following an up close and personal interaction this week.

Northeast Oklahoma A&M 2017 tight end Mik'Quan Deane visited Arizona State this week. It went about as well as could be expected. 

"It was simply amazing," Deane said. "From the coaching staff to the academic advisors, everyone is locked in on becoming the best in the nation at what they do.

"The coaching staff and just everything, [the] employees, they were simply amazing. And shoutout to [recruiting staffer Ryne Rezac] for being awesome and showing me the campus." 

ASU tight ends coach Del Alexander spent time talking with Deane and it left a good impression of his would-be position coach. 

It was great, I think he's a great mentor and he knows the game very well," Deane said. "He's one of the more intelligent coaches I've talked to."

Colorado State, Louisville and Syracuse are other potential official visit destinations, Deane said, and he's also talking with Arkansas and Texas A&M, among others. At this point though, ASU is going to be hard to beat even though he's still planning on waiting until his season starts before making a commitment. 

"I pretty much have my mind locked in on Arizona State," he said. 6-foot-3, 240 pound Deane was teammates at the junior college level with current ASU defensive back Maurice Chandler. That was a big part of the initial draw, plus ASU coaches' connections to Oklahoma. 

"Me and him are close," Deane said of Chandler in a recent interview. "I'm definitely tighter with [Chandler] than a lot of guys from the team. I guess it's because we go up against each other in one-on-ones. He told me it's definitely a great place...He says the facilities and people are nice. That's all I'm looking for. As long as those things are nice, there's not really too much else I'm looking for."

Deane redshirted at NEO in 2014 out of Tulsa's Memorial High School, will play this year at the school and then have two seasons of eligibility as a December graduate. He expects to be at the college he signs with in January. 

The Sun Devils are now clearly in the driver's seat of the recruitment. 

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