Dean Inks Financial-Aid Agreement with Hogs

Arkansas adds a third financial-aid agreement signee to the fold on Tuesday when Fort Smith Northside's Daytrieon Dean (6-3, 263) inks his with the Razorbacks.

Arkansas now has a quarterback, a center and a defender signed to 2015 financial-aid agreements.

Fort Smith Northside defensive end Daytrieon Dean (6-3, 263) became the third when he inked his agreement on Tuesday – an agreement that binds the school, but not the player.

“It takes a load off of me, and even though the spotlight’s still on me, it takes a lot of weight and pressure off of other college coaches either calling my phone, texting me messages and on Twitter, so it takes a lot of pressure off,” Dean told the Southwest Times Record. “I’m just happy but I’ve still got to help my team win this year and finish with a state championship.”

Dean committed to head coach Bret Bielema and the Razorbacks earlier this year and chose Arkansas over Ole Miss and Oklahoma State among others and joins Charleston quarterback Ty Storey and Texas prep center Zach Rogers in the FAA fold.

“Daytrieon’s hard work and dedication is what we look for in future Razorbacks,” Bielema said. “We’re excited to welcome him to the Razorback family and have him join us next spring to maximize his potential. Daytrieon jones Ty Storey and Zach Rogers as the start of a very special 2015 signing class. He continues to display the core values of what our program is built upon academically, athletically and socially.”

Dean had 50 tackles last season, including six sacks.

“Obviously, his expectations are for me to come in and be hard-working and keep my grades up; I’m a 4.0 student, so that’s one of the biggest things,” Dean said. “He really wants to see me work hard and stay focused and that’s probably about it.”

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The following is from Andrew Hutchinson's story earlier this week on Dean.

In order to graduate high school a semester early, the Fort Smith Northside three-star defensive end took a summer class at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

“It went good,” Dean said. “It gives me an opportunity to enroll early.”

“I knew it was the right decision then and I am even more sure of it now,” Dean told Scout last month. “I am excited about being a Razorback and am proud to be one.”

Now that he has his summer class behind him, Dean has shifted his focus back to the football field and the Grizzlies’ season.

Northside returns 19 starters this year and is ranked No. 5 in class 7A in Hooten’s preseason rankings.

“I expect us to go into the season ready to challenge the 7A West every Friday night,” Dean said. “It won’t be easy and it’s not something any team can do.”

Being a senior, Dean said he is a leader of the defense and will need to make big plays for the Grizzlies.

Northside’s season begins Sept. 5 when it hosts Pine Bluff, the No. 1 6A team in the state in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s preseason poll.

When the teams squared off last year, they played to a 31-31 tie, but Dean said he and his teammates are looking for a win to start the 2014 season.

“This game is important to us,” Dean said. “If we would have beaten Pine Bluff last year, it would have given us a lot more confidence. It’s the most important game of the year because it will give us the motivation and drive we need to get through the rest of the season.”

The rest of the season that Dean mentions includes a three-game stretch against 6A-power Greenwood (Sept. 19) at home and 7A West foes Fayetteville (Sept. 26) and Bentonville (Oct. 3) on the road.

Dean is also one of Arkansas’ six in-state commits and has been in touch with a pair of four-star in-state recruits that remain undecided: North Little Rock wide receiver K.J. Hill and Dumas tight end Will Gragg.

“I talked to them at (Arkansas’) last scrimmage,” Dean said. “I’m trying to get them to come to Arkansas. Hopefully they make a decision that’s best for them and I wish them luck.”

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