Quick Hits with Jad Dean

Jad Dean has one of the strongest legs coming out of high school football this year, and he signed his letter of intent to play with the Tigers this past February. Hear what Dean's coaches, the Clemson coaches, and Dean himself had to say about his arrival on campus in this extensive report.

Jad Dean
Greenwood High School (Greenwood, SC)
NR: 16 Rating: ***

THE STATS: Jad Dean connected on 42-of-43 extra point attempts and 9-of-12 field goals with a long of 45 yards his senior year after finishing 4-of-5 on field goals and 46-of-48 on extra points as a junior. His career long during his high school career was 48-yards. He also was an All-Region, and Special Teams MVP during his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons.

STRENGTH: Dean has one of the strongest legs in the southeast this year, connecting on field goals from as far away as 70-yards in practice. His leg strength his off the charts and that's why he received scholarship offers from Florida State, Georgia, and LSU before deciding on Clemson early last fall.

WEAKNESS: The biggest adjustment to kicking at the collegiate level is learning how to kick field goals directly off the ground, instead of using a tee. Dean will have a year to learn from senior kicker Aaron Hunt before he makes his way onto the field to actually kick PATs and field goals.

WHY CLEMSON? "Ever since I was a little kid I was raised to love Clemson and hate South Carolina," said Dean. "It has always been my dream to one day touch the rock, run down the hill, and play football for the Clemson Tigers and when that opportunity came, I jumped on it. Coach Lovett has told me that they want me to come in next year and handle the kickoffs, so I'm really looking forward to getting to kick next year against Georgia to start the season. I chose Clemson over Florida State and Georgia."

HS COACH QUOTE: "He works as hard as any player I've ever coached," said Greenwood High School head coach Shell Dula. "He's also got a strong leg and he should do some great things playing football at Clemson the next few years. One of the most valuable aspects to his game is his ability to get the ball into the endzone on his kickoffs. He probably did that for us 90-95% of the time, and once we got to the opposing team's 30-yard line, you knew you had a good chance of scoring points with him handling field goals."

TOMMY BOWDEN: "Jad Dean was important pick up because we needed help on special teams. We needed to sign a kicker in this class and we got him when he committed to us last year. We'll see what he can do when he gets here but I imagine he'll have the chance to compete to handle kickoffs during the next few seasons."

DEAN QUOTE: "I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can from Aaron Hunt, but I'm also coming in to compete for the starting job. I think I'll be able to handle kickoffs as a freshman, and then we'll see what happens after that."

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