Dean starting to receive a lot of attention

The recruiting process has started up for Cardinal Ritter running back Chris Dean, who has four programs actively looking at him now, with more sure to come. Dean, an all-purpose back ran for over 1,000 yards last season.

His coach doesn't think he's "League" material. But Cardinal Ritter coach Ron Villars did say running back Chris Dean is ahead of other backs because he has good hands and can block.

Dean, a pint-sized 5-foot-8 175 pound all-purpose back from St. Louis, Mo., is an accomplished blocker, sometimes getting time at what would be the fullback position.

"I don't call it a fullback really," Villars said. "I just tell people we use two running backs, because they both can get the job done."

Kansas State, Kansas, Nebraska, and Indiana are already after Dean, who ran for over 1,000 yards last season. Dean, who runs a 4.50 40, returned three kickoff for touchdowns last season. He visited KU on Junior Day this spring.

"He's a hustler," Villars said. "He has a great work ethic, a team player. I think the most outstanding thing about Chris is that he has great balance with his low center of gravity. You really have to tackle this kid or he'll run through you."

Villars said he wants Dean to work out hard in the weight room over the summer.

"I want him stronger," he said. "I think he needs to get stronger to prevent injuries. It's not that he's had problems with them in the past, but as he gets going, and especially at the next level, he really needs to take care of his body."

But preparing for the next level is something Villars started talking to Dean about when he was a sophomore.

"I want to make sure he's ready academically to play in college," he said. "I want to help put him in the best position to make a good decision. After that, its between he and family and if they want input, then I'm here.

"I tell them the first thing to do is figure out what you want to be in life," he added. "Then go from there and start looking at schools. I ask my kids to write things down they like about the schools on their visits, so they know what is good and bad about the program. On these visits, they're all going to be king, wherever they go, so they have to know what is actually true, see through some of it."


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