His search for a new college football home led him to Auburn where Dean already had a strong relationship with coaches Travaris Robinson and Will Muschamp from their time recruiting him while they were at Florida.
On campus and practicing with Auburn, the 6-2 cornerback will have to sit out this season as a true freshman because of his transfer, but will be eligible to play in 2016 for the Tigers. That’s good news, said Robinson, who adds that the Tigers are getting a special player in Dean to join with what has already been an impressive group of 2016 signees at the position in Carlton Davis, Javaris Davis and Jeremiah Dinson.
“He’s a really good football player and we’re excited to have him,” Robinson said. “He’s a really big body. He is long and really good on the line of scrimmage playing bump-and-run, a really, really good football player. We’re excited to have him.
"He is going to be a huge addition to what we’re trying to do," the secondary coach added. "Knowing we’ve got a bunch of seniors leaving after this year, having him now and understanding what we do and how we do it, it’s going to be very, very beneficial to him as we get to January and move forward.”
Now almost a full year removed from his meniscus injury, Dean is working out with the team and Robinson said there are no limitations on him as he prepares for his redshirt season with the Tigers.
“I don’t know what kind of rehab he’s getting right now because he looks like a football player," Robinson said. "He’s running around really fast and breaking really hard and catching the ball. He doesn’t have any issues.
“I don’t know what the future will hold as far as when he’ll be able to play and all that kind of stuff,” he added. “He is doing a great job. He’s a great kid and I’m so happy we got him. It’s crazy, we we’re in a meeting yesterday and I wanted to share that to him in front of everybody. We’re excited about him and he’s fitting in with our guys.”