Lineman intrigued by Wildcats

Arizona has offered Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita High School offensive tackle Nathan Dean and although the contact is preliminary, Dean is still intrigued by Arizona.

Arizona was the first school to offer Kirkland (Wash.) Juanita High School offensive tackle Nathan Dean, giving it a bit of a head start in his recruitment. However, other schools in the Pac-10 are following suit, and the pursuit of Dean is heating up.

"I currently have five offers," Dean said. "Three of them just came in one night. My latest was from UCLA, but I also got offers from Wazzu and Idaho."

With their recent offers, the Bruins and the Cougars have joined the hometown Huskies as the teams that are most aggressively pursuing Dean's services.

"University of Washington is probably recruiting me the hardest just because I live so close to the university," Dean said. "I'm getting a lot of mail from Wazzu. I get a lot of stuff from UCLA as well, so it's pretty even."

Despite the efforts of UW, WSU, and UCLA, Dean is not quite ready to name a leader just yet.

"I definitely don't have any favorites," Dean said. "All of these offers are pretty new, so I'm just scratching the surface with the coaches I've met and some of the things I'm starting to see. No one is really ahead at this time."

The news that he does not currently hold a favorite has to be good for Arizona, who despite its offer has had next to no contact with Dean.

"I haven't really talked to any of the coaches from Arizona," Dean said. "It's just been stuff that has been relayed from Arizona to my coach to me."

Even though the contact with the Arizona has been limited, and his knowledge of the program is not yet very extensive, Dean remains intrigued by the Wildcats and hopes to learn more about the program.

"Arizona is right up there," Dean said. "I've never been to Arizona and I don't know too many coaches from Arizona, but that doesn't mean I don't have any interest in them. I would love to take an official visit down there and talk with the coaches.

"I feel like they'll be out here in May to talk to me, but I would definitely take an official visit to meet some of those guys because I am interested in their program."

In the meantime, Dean has a pair of visits scheduled to Pac-10 schools in the coming weeks after previously visiting two other programs from the conference.

"I'm headed down to Los Angeles in two weeks to see UCLA and USC and check out southern California," Dean said. "I was at WSU last weekend and I was just at Washington's practice. But Arizona for sure, I'd love to take an official or unofficial visit down there."

Those visits should be much easier for Dean seeing as how he's prioritized what's important to him and what he'll be looking at in his prospective schools.

"I would say the biggest thing would be my relationship with the position coach just because I'll be working with him for four years and I'll need to have a really close relationship with him," Dean said.

"Then probably the relationship with the head coach, those two come before the football team or the record or anything like that. I'm looking at the environment of the school, the academics of the school, stuff like that."

Although he's planning visits and building relationships with programs, Dean is no rush to make a final decision on a college.

"I don't know when I'll make my decision," Dean said. "I'm pretty sure it won't be this summer just because I need to take some visits and those will probably happen next fall. Sometime around there, but I don't really know though. I'm going to try to take a long time so I can make the best decision."

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