Dean's On Fast Track
Although he is a very good football prospect, Fort Smith Northside defensive lineman and Arkansas 2105 pledge Daytrieon Dean doesn't want to be known as just an athlete.
He reminded fans of that earlier this week on twitter by pointing out that he was a musician, who could play the baritone and tuba.
Dean (6-3, 255) also is proud of being a good student and is planning on taking courses at Arkansas-Fort Smith this summer so he can graduate early and enroll at Arkansas in January as an engineer major.
"Since I committed I started thinking about coming in early and started to put myself in that position," Dean said. "I am going to go take some classes at UAFS this summer so that can happen.
"I know coming in early will help me both educationally and on the field as well because I would be able to go through off-season conditioning and spring practice," Dean added. "That would give me the best chance to make an impact my first year."
Dean, who had six sacks among his 50 tackles this past season, chose Arkansas on March 1 over other offers from Ole Miss and Arkansas State and has since added Oklahoma State.
"I have never doubted my decision and no matter who comes after me, I am going to be a Razorback," Dean said. "I want to help get Arkansas back on top."
Dean is one of eight Arkansas commits already in a 2015 class that is currently ranked 13th nationally by Scout.com.
"We have some really good guys lined up and we are working hard as a group to get other top guys in Arkansas and out of state," Dean said.
Dean is one of at least two Division I prospects at Northside with sophomore middle linebacker Deontre Hardwick (6-1, 230) drawing looks as well. Hardwick has stated he is ready to commit to Arkansas as soon as he gets offered – which will apparently come after he gets his grades in order - and has seen interest from Alabama and Arkansas State as well.
"Deonte is going to be a great, great football player and is just a big-time play-maker on defense," Dean said. "He's already had a great sophomore year and is just going to get bigger and better.
"We are planning on being the leaders on our defense next season and I think we are going to have a great defense," Dean added.
He also thinks Arkansas' defense has a chance to be better after watching some of the practices this spring.
"I really liked what I saw of what the new coaches are doing and I think Arkansas is going to be a lot better next season," Dean said.
Dean plans to make Arkansas' camps this summer – around his classes of course.
"I want to get up there and work with the coaches, learn from them and just become the best player that I can be for next season and the future," Dean said. "I know I still have a lot to learn."
The Razorback coaching staff looks at Dean as a guy that can play both end and tackle with a final destination regarding how much he grows and adds weight.
"My doctor the other day said I was going to be around 6-5 when I got done growing," Dean said. "He said I was going to be like (South Carolina star) Jadeveon Clowney. That would be just fine with me."
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