Dean Wants to be the First

Jad Dean, one of the most sought after placekickers in the southeast this year, says he'll be the first player to get his Letter of Intent in to Clemson University Wednesday morning. He also shares some interesting information about one of the biggest names on the defensive line still looking at the Tigers.

You can go ahead an count Jad Dean in the 2003 recruiting class.

"I'm going to be the first one to get my letter in the morning," said Dean in a Tuesday night interview. "If somebody else is planning on 7:30, I'm going to do it at 7."

Dean, who has closely followed the recruiting process all year long, last met with Clemson defensive coordinator John Lovett on Friday.

"He told me the only one they really have a good feel for right now is Fred Saint-Preux," said Dean. "And it sounded like he was coming to Clemson after I talked to him because he had just been in his parent's home the night before I think. He said it was close to a done deal."

"Other than that, I guess we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see who goes where. I talked to Marcus Howard a few days ago and basically just wished him well. I told him that I hated that we were going to have to take to him in the first game next year, but that's what we'll do," Dean said with a laugh.

Dean was the Shrine Bowl placekicker for the South Carolina squad this past December and will likely handle kickoff duties next season as a true freshman. The senior out of Greenwood has nailed field goals from as far away as 70-yards in practice, and he routinely sends his kickoffs out of the endzone.

We will continue to keep you updated on Jad Dean, right up through the start of fall practice.

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