"I've been talking to Arizona State for just a couple of weeks. Coach Lubick and Coach Stretz are recruiting me and they're real interested and want me to come down there and check things out. I know they've been struggling this year, so if I end up there maybe I can help them get better."
The 6-2 245 Dean Deleone runs a 4.55, and finished his sophomore season with 78 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles-for-loss finished the season with 78 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles-for-loss.
"I'm pretty strong, but I could get stronger," remarked Deleone. "I have a lot of outside speed, but I definitely need to work on my inside moves. I do a good job rushing the quarterback from the edge but I could work on my overall technique."
Coming out of high school Deleone served four years in the Coast Guard, but even as a 25-year old sophomore he was able to score on a 97-yard kickoff return. "Some of the young guys I played against are just freaks," quipped Deleone, "so being older doesn't always help you against younger players. But I've been working hard in the weight room so being stronger and more mature than the players I'm playing against should help me."
The defensive end reported that he has recorded 27 reps of 225 pounds in the weight room.
Deleone will have three years to play two.