Casey Dehn Looking Hard at Two Big Ten Teams

Casey Dehn, a 6-foot-5, 243-pound junior offensive lineman from Owatonna (MN) High, is not quite ready to commit to Minnesota as reported elsewhere. However, the Gophers are strong in the mix for his services, according to Owatonna head coach Jeff Williams. GoldenSports.Net caught up with 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. Dehn was named second-team Associated Press All-State.

Dehn is also a standout wrestler who advanced to the Class AAA state championship, where he lost to Gopher football signee Sam Maresh.

Dehn recently won the Class AA shot and discus championship. He won the shot put event July 6 with a toss of 62-5 1/2 and then the discus the following day with a toss of 173-9, 14 feet, 5 inches better than the second-place finisher.

Owatonna head coach Jeff Williams said that his lineman has not yet made his college choice.

"He has not committed yet. He is going to the Wisconsin camp this weekend. He has a firm offer from Minnesota, which was the only camp he has attended. I think he is looking hard at both schools," Williams said.

Williams said that Dehn enjoyed the Minnesota football camp.

"He had a great experience at the Gopher football camp," he said. "He is keeping an open mind. His family is originally from Wisconsin and his brother throws the javelin and his sister throws the shot and discus at Wisconsin. Their offensive line coach had been here twice to watch him throw the shot and discus. They have spent some time here."

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 and throw the javelin. His older sister Sam throws the shot and discus for the Badgers."

Williams said that Dehn, who played both sides of the line, is also a good player on the defensive side, despite his future being as an offensive lineman.

"He was a big-play guy for us and his 6-1/2 sacks tied for the team lead," Williams said.


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