Nebraska Walk On: Jase Dean

The feel good stories of the Nebraska walk on program are the small-town Nebraska boys done well in Lincoln. One of the latest on that long list is Jase Dean. Dean earned almost enough honors this past year to barely fit in the back of a dump-truck. Dean had offers to play football in college, but a chance to walk on at Nebraska was the chance of a lifetime.

The name Jase Dean doesn't roll off the tongues of the people that follow the top talent in the state of Nebraska. The 6-foot-0 and 175-pound Dean from Bridgeport (Nebr.) has 4.55 speed and played safety and running back in high school. He projects to play free safety at Nebraska.

"I had 833 yards rushing with 11 touchdowns," Dean said when he started talking about his stats and honors. "I had another 100 yards receiving and about 320 yards passing. I had 111 tackles and four interceptions on defense.

"I earned defensive MVP for the Western Trails Conference. I was also Huskerland Prep, Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star all-state honorable mention. I was Scottsbluff Star Herald first team, Panhandle Prep all-region on defense, Scottsbluff Star Herald All-Class, All-Region Top 15 MVP and an all-district selection."

With accolades like that go with a good frame with good speed, Dean could project to play a number of positions at Nebraska. Some have even rumbled about saying that he might have the hips and the speed to play cornerback. However, Dean is content with where Nebraska has pegged him for now.

"When I visited with the coaches in Lincoln they said that they liked my speed. They like my ability to move and just be quick on my feet. That will help me out a lot with Nebraska liking me at free safety. I like the idea of playing that position. That is my favorite side of the ball."

Dean didn't slide completely under the recruiting radar. Some of the in-state's top division two teams were well aware with who Dean was and had actually offered him scholarships to come and play for them next year. Dean also had another walk on opportunity to play division one. The chance to play in Lincoln was just too good to pass up.

"I visited Chadron State and Nebraska – Omaha. I was going to visit Wyoming as well, but never made that trip. I had offers to go and play at Chadron State and Omaha and Wyoming was going to give me an opportunity to walk-on.

"Ever since I can remember, I've always dreamed of becoming a Husker. I have dreamt about running out onto that field through that tunnel with that "N" on my helmet. God has given me this chance to take advantage of that and I had to take it."

Like so many in-state athletes from Nebraska, Dean is a standout in more than one sport. Dean also plays basketball and runs track for Bridgeport. Dean said that he is averaging about 12 points per game this year and runs the 100m, 200m and 400m in track with a personal best of 10.79 in the 100m. Dean is also a great student with a 3.77 GPA and a 23 ACT score.

While everything seems set for Dean to become a Husker the only question that might remain is when. "I am not sure yet when I will be getting to Lincoln. I want to get up there as soon as I can."

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