Maryland started recruiting Dean in March and he came down to one of the Terps spring practices. Coach Gattuso has been his recruiting coordinator and the main coach that he has been in contact with.
My relationship with Coach Gattuso is really good because I knew him from Pittsburgh when he was there with Coach Wanstadt. They were recruiting me and we developed a relationship there. Coach Gattuso and I have become really close over the past couple of years. He is a great guy and I just love him.
Since March, Coach Gattuso and Dean have been in contact pretty regularly, talking ever week or two.
I have also been in contact with Coach Dudzinski (ILB coach) and Coach Edsall. I love Coach Edsall. He is a great guy. I was able to develop a relationship with him early and I really like him. I like how he runs the program. I like his no nonsense style. I like the way he does things and I knew that he would hire guys like that as well.
Dean has visited College Park two other times and just felt that Maryland was the place for him.
One time I came down with my high school coach and then I came down one time with my family and toured the campus. I love the overall atmosphere. Each time I visited, I got the feeling that this is where I need to be. It is where I belong. It is a great atmosphere with great people and just the best overall fit for me. Academically, I want to major in Entrepreneurship and Maryland is ranked ninth in the nation for that specific major. That just reaffirmed to me that it was a perfect fit.
It's very convenient, distance-wise. It's about an hour, forty minutes, two hours. That's not bad at all. My brother will be able to get to most of the games, my family. That meant a lot to me as well.
The main thing that sold Dean to College Park was the linebacker situation.
They only have five linebackers on scholarship which means that when I get there, I will ahve a chance to earn playing time and make an impact right away. Being able to come in and play right away means alot to me. When I went down there, they showed me where I would be playing and it was great.
Dean will be a middle linebacker for the Terps and will be more of an inside run support/pass coverage type of linebacker as opposed to a pass rusher. This is the same position he plays at Bishop McDevitt and he feels very comfortable and familiar with the Terps system. He hopes to follow the long list of Maryland linebackers that have gone on to play in the NFL. Terps like Eric Barton, Moise Fokou, E.J. and Erin Henderson, and DQwell Jackson inspire him to put in the time and effort to be the next one to make it.
If I continue to work hard and develop into the player that I want to be and they want me to be that could be a possiblity for me. Maryland has had such a long line of great linebackers, you want to keep that legacy going.
Not worried about the transition between the high school game and the college game, Dean reviewed his strengths and weaknesses.
My strengths are my speed and my ability to move sideline to sideline. My closing speed on ball carriers is also a big thing. A lot of the coaches that were recruiting me think that I am football smart and that I understand the game. Between now and going to Maryland, I plan on working on my flexibility and just getting bigger, stronger and faster to play ACC football.
In the meantime, Dean will become a key recruiter for the Terps. He said he plans on talking to other 2012 recruits and convincing them to join him at College Park. Two of those recruits are teammate Noah Spence and TE Adam Brenneman from Cedar Cliff HS.