"I'm not for sure," Dean said when asked about his commitment to the Razorbacks. "There are a lot of schools out there that I'd like to see, but I like Arkansas, too.
"This is my hometown. I was thinking about picking another school (at first), but no other schools got here so I decided to pick because I like Arkansas and all."
Dean was offered a scholarship the day after catching 10 passes for 109 yards and three touchdowns against Jefferson City, Mo., last season with Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino in attendance. The junior wanted to commit right away, but Fayetteville coach Daryl Patton encouraged the youngster to take some time to think about the decision.
Patton was quick to point out Friday he expects the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder to stay home. "He's a very young kid," Patton said after Dean caught two passes for 48 yards and a touchdown in Fayetteville's Purple-White scrimmage. "He committed to Arkansas early and that's where he wants to go. That's where his mom wants him to go.
"He's got some work to do getting his grades and all that, but when it's all said and done he'll be a Hog."
Arkansas remains the only school to offer Dean after catching 67 passes for 987 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore, but as expected his early commitment to the Razorbacks has brought more suitors.
"Oregon is really excited about him," Patton said. "Coach (Houston) Nutt and Coach (James) Shibest at Ole Miss are obviously very interested in him. Mississippi State has shown some interest, Coach (Ed) Orgeron at Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Clemson, Virginia – there are quite a few schools that have made contact about him."
Patton said LSU and UCLA have also expressed interest.