Unlike many of his fellow high school football players, Fort Smith Northside defensive lineman and Arkansas pledge Daytrieon Dean has been putting in time in the classroom this summer to fast track his college career.
Dean (6-3, 263) took a class at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith this summer to put him on track to graduate high school in December, enroll in college in January and go through spring drills with the Razorbacks.
“I’m really happy that I took the time to do this and I know it is going to be a big help for me to get up to Arkansas early,” Dean said. “I’m already done with it, got a B and am good to go in doing what I need to do to be there.”
Dean, who sports a 3.8 grade point average and plans to be at Arkansas’ Elite Camp on July 24, is one of 10 current commitments that the Razorbacks have in the 2015 class.
He committed to Arkansas back on March 1 after a junior season he was a relative unknown 6-2, 240-pound defensive end.
Dean, who had 50 tackles and six sacks in the 2013 season, has since grown into a 260-plus pound prospect and could get bigger.
He not only work out five days a week in the spring with his team, but seven days a week with a personal trainer.
“I measured the other day and I am now up to 263 pounds and I’m 6-3 now,” Dean said. “My dad is just six feet tall, but they told my mother when I was born that I would likely grow to be 6-5. I feel like I am about to hit that growth spurt.”
Dean chose Arkansas over offers from Ole Miss and Arkansas State and added an offer from Oklahoma State after his pledge to the Razorbacks.
“I knew it was the right decision then and I am even more sure of it now,” Dean said. “I am excited about being a Razorback and am proud to be one.”
Northside is set to compete in the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 tournament at Shiloh Christian in Springdale.
But while Dean may come up and support his team, he is not likely to participate.
“I may play some tight end this season, but I’m probably not going to do so this weekend,” Dean said.
Northside is returning to the rugged Class 7A-West this season after a couple of years in the 7A-Central.
The Grizzlies were 3-6-1 last season while losing a trio of games by less than four points or less last season.
Dean believes they are poised for a breakthrough year with 10 starters returning on offense and nine on defense.
That includes athletes such as tailback Justin Curry, wideout Shakari Jones, quarterback Grant Hood, defensive end Kylin Washington and junior linebacker Devonta Hardwick, a Arkansas recruiting target who led the team with 83 tackles last season.
“I’m excited about getting back into the best conference in the state and playing teams like Bentonville and Fayetteville,” Dean said. “You want to see how you match up with the best and I believe we are ready to take a big step up this season with all the talent we have coming back this season.”
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