'12 Intro: Sulphur Springs DB Tre Dean

Tre Dean of Sulphur Springs (Tx.) HS enjoyed a productive junior season and - as a result - is hearing from several college programs.

"I went to North Texas' Junior Day," said Tre Dean (6-0, 170, 4.5). "It was tight and their facilities were good, but I can't fall in love with them yet - not until I look at all my options.

"Missouri has been sending me a lot of mail, including some big packets. They invited me to their Junior Day in April. I'm going to try to make it up there. I like them and Kansas. I like the Big 12 schools. My coach told me Iowa State is thinking about offering me. They wanted to make sure they have my 40 time."

Last year, Dean racked up more than 60 tackles and picked off one pass for Sulphur Springs, which finished 9-3. The Wildcats are expected to be even better this fall, thanks to Dean, RB Kendrick Daniels, and WR Cody Clayton.

"Honestly, we shouldn't have any competition," said Dean. "In the games we lost last year, we beat ourselves."

It's possible that Dean, who also plays WR, will move to safety this fall.

"That's what my coaches told me, but I do like corner better. I wanted to play straight defense last season, but the coaches said they needed me on the depth chart at receiver. It's cool, though. I'll do whatever the coaches ask.

"I just focus on the field and do my job. I know what my responsibilities are, and I know what I'm doing out there. I don't get intimidated by big, fast receivers. I just focus on shutting the person down."

Sulphur Springs and Dean went head-to-head last fall with Whitehouse HS and five-star WR Trey Metoyer (No. 1 ranked receiver in the nation, Oklahoma signee).

"I can honestly say that he caught one touchdown against me, but that was the only pass he caught on me," said Dean.

Sulphur Springs won that game, 40-39.

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