Dean Still Committed to Clemson?

The Tigers would love have Jad Dean in Death Valley next season handling kickoffs and preparing for his career as a Clemson placekicker. CUTigers.com caught up with Dean Wednesday evening and got his comments on his recent trip to Athens and his season in general.

PK Jad Dean
5-11/178/4.9
Greenwood High School
Greenwood, South Carolina

Jad Dean committed to head coach Tommy Bowden well over three months ago, but after a recent trip to Athens, some people were suggesting that the Georgia Bulldogs may have re-emerged onto the recruiting scene.

Dean, who has one of the strongest legs in the southeast, spoke with CUTigers.com about his verbal commitment to Clemson University late Wednesday evening.

How have things been going for you this season?
Dean: Pretty good, it's been hectic lately because we don't know which team we are playing this week. I think we are playing Richland-Northeast in Columbia this weekend, or it may be Dutch Fork so we are having to prepare for two teams right now.

What are you stats looking like this year?
Dean: I think I'm 9-of-12 on field goals and 31-of-32 on extra points. My longest field goal is 45-yards, and I had one PAT blocked a couple of weeks ago.

We heard that you made a trip to see Georgia play Ole Miss last weekend, how did that go?
Dean: It went well. I had a good time down there at the game. I've always liked Georgia and the coaching staff, but of course I like Clemson and their staff too.

Are you still committed to Clemson?
Dean: Yes sir. I'm coming to Clemson. I love it up there. I love the coaches and love the school.

Have you set an official visit at Clemson, and will you go anywhere else?
Dean: Yes, I'm going to Clemson the weekend of January 10th, but I probably won't go anywhere else. Georgia will likely have already offered another kicker by then.

Has the coaching staff been in regular contact with you?
Dean: Well, they weren't for a while, but now I talk to Coach Lovett pretty much every week.

What is the nature of your conversations with Coach Lovett?
Dean: He basically tells me that they want me to come in next year and handle the kickoffs, just stuff like that. I'm really looking forward to getting to kick next year against Georgia to start the season.

What's your assessment of the Tigers' season so far?
Dean: Well, they started off well, then kind of hit a snag, but it looks like they are finishing strong, so that's great.

Congratulations on the Shrine Bowl, are you looking forward to that in December?
Dean: Oh yes sir. I can't wait, It's great that I'll get the chance to play.

Dean has made 9-of-12 field goals this year with a long of 45-yards, but he routinely kicks the ball through the uprights on his kickoffs. He'll likely see the field next year as a true freshman on the Tigers' special teams.


We'd like to conclude by thanking Jad for taking the time to speak with us. We will continue to keep you updated on Jad Dean through signing day, but as it looks now, he'll be running down the hill next year!

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