Dean's Injury Rehab Comes First

Fort Smith Northside defensive end and future Razorback Daytrieon Dean (6-3, 250), an early enrollee, will be able to watch some of Arkansas' bowl practices, but he'll have to rehab a torn labrum that might keep him on the sidelines during spring practice.

Fort Smith Northside defensive end Daytrieon Dean worked so hard this past summer to make sure he could be a mid-term graduate and thus go through spring practice with Arkansas.

Dean (6-3, 250) still will be graduating in December, but a torn labrum and surgery last week will likely keep him watching practice from the sidelines instead of participating.

"I will spend six weeks in a splint and four months of rehab,” Dean said Sunday after finishing up his official visit.

He got to visit with Arkansas defensive line coach Rory Segrest, who reminded him it’s better to be safe than sorry.

"He told to take the rehab process serious,” Dean said. “Don't do anything I shouldn't be doing. Take it slow. Do what (Arkansas trainer) Matt (Summers) has told me and don't do things I shouldn't be doing. Just take it slow."

Dean might be able to make it back for the end of spring drills and if he does he will be looked at as a defensive end instead of inside.

"I heard outside, defensive end,” Dean said. “That's what I'm coming up here for. I think that's what I'm going to play.”

He enjoyed getting a chance to watch practice on Saturday and will take in some of the bowl workouts.

"Most definitely, especially when the O-Line was going against the D-Line,” Dean said. “I was like, 'Man, it's going to be neat here.'"

Dean was one of eight prospects – all of which are committed to the Razorbacks – that took their official visits this weekend to Arkansas.

"The highlight was just spending time with the coaches,” Dean said. “Going to practice. The biggest thing for me was going to the Catfish Hole. The food was great....I loved that part. Just staying up here."

His hosts were defensive linemen Ke-Tyrus Marks and Cordale Boyd.

“They're great guys,” Dean said. “I can't wait to play with both of them, great guys."

Dean had 73 tackles this season with 9 sacks, 9 quarterback hurries, 4 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two blocked goals.

Northside went 10-3 and made it to the 7A state quarterfinals before losing to North Little Rock.

"I think we really helped put Northside back on the map and they are going to have a great program next season and for a long time to come," Dean said.

Dean is beginning to realize that is dream of being a Razorback is close to reality in part because of taking summer courses.

"I'm proud of myself,” Dean said. “I had this goal a year ago to come in early so now that it's here it's rewarding. I had a minor setback with my shoulder, but it's going to get better over time. I've just got to keep working hard and stay focused."

"It's fun, it's crazy, it's mind-blowing,” Dean added.





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