Corral Conversations: D.J. Dean

Eagle HS ATH D.J. Dean (Eagle, ID) signed with Boise State as a member of the 2012 class in February and is currently preparing for his future as a Bronco, but when will he join the team? Could he possibly grayshirt? And will he stay at WR or possibly move to another position? He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about all of that and more.

Eagle HS ATH D.J. Dean (Eagle, ID) signed with Boise State as a member of the 2012 class in February and is currently preparing for his future as a Bronco, but when will he join the team? Could he possibly grayshirt? And will he stay at WR or possibly move to another position?

"I'm thinking the grayshirt thing will probably happen," he said. "Having said that, I spoke to Corey Bell and a number of other guys that were supposed to grayshirt and they ended up joining the team in the fall. I guess we'll have to just wait and see what happens, but I'd be fine with grayshirting if that's what they want me to do. I think it has its benefits."

"I got the workout packet," he stated. "I've been working on that and we also have a really good fitness program at my school. I spoke to Dillon Lukehart about things I should do to prepare and I think mixing it up is the best way right now."

"For position, it seems to be pretty much set that I'll play WR," said Dean. "I know for sure that I'll at least start there."

Dean made the short drive over from Eagle just a couple weeks ago as he watched the Broncos start preparations for the 2012 season.

"I was able to get down there for a Saturday practice about two weeks ago," he said. "Honestly, I thought they looked really good for spring ball. Everyone looked focused and I enjoyed being down there. What I like is that it's fast paced, up-tempo, and no wasted time."

"I spoke to Coach Prince about a week ago and also saw him at the practice," he said. "Basically, we were just catching up, seeing how everything was, and talked a little about basketball," he added.

Boise State has to replace a number of starters heading into the 2012 season, but are certainly loaded at the WR position. The future Bronco says Matt Miller and a number of others looked stellar out on the practice field.

"The WRs looked solid. There's lots of experience coming back," he said. "Matt Miller looked great out there and he's just a sophomore, but is pretty much a veteran now too. I also think Mitch Burroughs will play a big part this year as well."

With his HS career in the rearview mirror, Dean (6'1, 190) says the main thing he wants to take with him to Boise State is a blue-collar work ethic with the knowledge that one must always stay motivated if they are to reach their goal.

"I've learned how to work and not rely on anything," he said. "I've had a lot of really great coaches that have prepared me for Boise State and beyond. The main thing for me is to keep going at it, stay motivated, and continue to work hard."

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




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