Owatonna's Casey Dehn Gets Gopher Interest

Casey Dehn, a 6-foot-5, 243-pound junior offensive lineman from Owatonna (MN) High, attended the recent Minnesota Gopher football junior day. Dehn was named second-team Associated Press All-State. He is also a standout wrestler and shot and discus thrower. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Owatonna head coach Jeff Williams to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Casey Dehn helped lead the Huskies to an 8-3 mark, losing to Lakeville North 14-7 in the Section 1, Class AAAAA Finals. Owatonna finished 6-1 in the Big Nine Conference, tying for a share of the conference title for the first time since 1999.

Owatonna head coach Jeff Williams said that his lineman is getting recruiting interest.

"Things are heating up on Casey. Minnesota, by and large, is showing the most interest. We sent stuff to Iowa, but I'm not sure how active they are."

Williams said that Dehn has ties to the state to the east.

"He has family in Wisconsin and is originally from Wisconsin. His two brothers and sister have attended the University of Wisconsin. Older brother Rob played in the Minnesota Metro-Outstate All-Star Game and had the ability to play Division II or Division III ball, but decided to attend Wisconsin. His older sister Sam threw the shot and discus for the Badgers before suffering an injury."

Williams said that Dehn, who played both sides of the line, is getting more attention at his primary position.

"He probably is a better offensive lineman, but he played a lot as a defensive lineman. He was a big-play guy for us and his 6-1/2 sacks tied for the team lead.

Williams was uncertain on what camps Dehn will attend.

"He asked me 'Are there places I should be going.' I told him that 70 percent of commits attend that schools' camps."

Dehn is also a standout wrestler for the No. 6 ranked Huskies at the heavyweight spot.

Dehn also throws the shot put and discus. He had a season-best 159-4 in the discus and 57-3 1/2 in the shot put in the sections. He was invited to the Nike Indoor Nationals in Landover, Md.

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