D.J. Dean: Meet Mr. Versatility

Eagle HS ATH D.J. Dean (Eagle, ID) verbally committed to Boise State last month and brings a lot of versatility to the Broncos. He played QB last year while Tanner Mangum was injured, but was a playmaker at both Safety and WR this year. So, what position will he play at Boise State? He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about that and more.

Eagle HS ATH D.J. Dean (Eagle, ID) verbally committed to Boise State last month and brings a lot of versatility to the Broncos. He played QB last year while Tanner Mangum was injured, but was a playmaker at both Safety and WR this year. So, what position will he play at Boise State?

"It sounds like they want me at WR, maybe a slot guy," he said. "They talked a lot about Safety too," he added.

"They started recruiting me back during the spring," he stated. "I played QB last year, not the position I wanted, but started playing Safety and WR this year. I started talking to them more and more as the season went on and they pulled the trigger in October."

"They offered me earlier that week in October and I committed around Halloween."

The talented ATH was recruited by (Special Teams/Nickels) Coach Jeff Choate.

"Coach Choate recruited me the most," said Dean. "I like that he's fiery, competitive, from Idaho, and good with other recruits. I like how he recruited me. He did a good job."

"I spoke to Coach Choate on either Monday or Sunday," he said. "Basically, it was just small talk. We lost in the state championship last week and he wanted to see how I was doing. He also wanted to see if I'd be at the game on Saturday."

He says Head Coach Chris Petersen might not recruit the 5 Star kids, but he gets exactly the ones he wants for his program.

"I just like how he treats everybody," he said. "He gets the guys he likes, might not be the 5 Star guy, but that appeals to me since I'm from Idaho and we don't have a bunch of those."

"I'm 100% committed."

Speaking of football in the State of Idaho, Dean believes the talented is pretty underrated.

"I think Idaho football is underrated to some extent," said Dean. "We go out there and compete every night. We might not have multiple guys getting offers, but we do have guys with the ability to play D-1 football. We have pretty good football, but not a large population base."

The future Bronco also says there's some pride when it comes to representing the State of Idaho as a football player at Boise State.

"I absolutely believe there's some pride in that," he said. "Look at Shoemaker, Burroughs, and you see those guys play there while growing up. You want to be a local guy that does good and prove to people that we can play. There's not a better place to play than Boise State when you're from Idaho."

Eagle wrapped up their season just a little over a week ago as they lost to Coeur d'Alene in the (state) championship game. Looking back, Dean says he's proud of their accomplishments.

"We had a great group of guys," he said. "I think we had three D-1 guys on our team, played really well as a team, had a great coaching staff, and just a lot of fun. I wanted to win that championship but it was a blast playing with everybody. 10-2 is a pretty darn good year."

"I played every snap that I could on either side of the ball," said Dean. "I didn't play a lot on special teams, but both ways the whole game."

What does Dean (6'1, 190, 4.5) bring to the gridiron?

"At Safety, I think I just have pretty good instincts," he said. "I go and get the ball, fly around, and try to make all the plays that I can."

"At WR, I have pretty decent size for me right now and I'm probably faster than a lot of people think," he said. "I can block, go up and get the ball, and playing with Tanner (Mangum) was an advantage too," he added.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on D.J. Dean.




Bronco Country Top Stories