Dean Engram

2019 DC Athlete Talks Penn State

Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga class of 2019 athlete Dean Engram holds nine offers, and discusses his recruitment with Scout.

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Dean Engram, an athletic cornerback and receiver in 2019 class, already holds nine offers.

Penn State, where his father, Bobby played, WisconsinNC StateVirginia Tech, Rutgers and Pittsburgh already extended one, and Maryland has high interest in the Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga standout.

However, to think any school holds an edge is dead wrong. Not with Engram yet to make a recruiting visit ...anywhere. 

"I have not been on any visits yet," said the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Engram said. "I'll know more after the live (evaluation) period begins (in April). That is when I will discuss it with my coach and parents. I don't have any visits set right now."

Engram was at Penn State, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh for 7-on-7 competitions, and at those schools he was able to speak with coaches, but he did not go through a recruiting visit.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm interested in making trips," Engram said. "Contact with the coaches is really a lot for me but I want to get down and see the campuses myself when the time is right. But right now I'm trying to work with my team at every opportunity. I don't want to miss an opportunity on a visit when I could be working with my team."

Most of the schools offered Engram after watching him work out at Gonzaga last spring, or evaluating his sophomore film. He is being recruited as a cornerback and receiver.

"A lot of times (after offers), I ask a couple of my friends about the school," Engram said. "I'll ask my head coach, first of all. He will give me a quick rundown. I'll get on the phone with the coaches."

His first offer came from NC State, which remains in contact with him regularly.

"It was a blessing to receiver my first offer," Engram said. "It happened over the spring of my freshman season. That first one (meant) more than any of them.

"I keep in touch with their wide receivers coach, coach (George) McDonald and (cornerbacks) coach (George) Barlow. They don't make too big of a deal about (visiting) because they know I will get down there eventually."

When Wisconsin offered, it came through defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard.

"He told me about their defense," Engram said. "They run a lot of man, and it's all about technique and 'want to' in their type of defense. That's what they do. I'm an effort guy. Academically, I have not do a lot of research. I will probably get into that next year."

Penn State coach James Franklin and assistant Charles Huff stopped by Gonzaga in the winter, and Engram took notice. The Nittany Lions offered in May 2016.

"I've kept in contact with them since the day they offered me," Engram said. "They always want me to keep working. Don't let any offers define you. Go all out and keep working. They also emphasized grades, to keep my grades high."

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