"It was great," said Dean. "A lot of things really stuck out. It was almost like a different country down there. The weather and the landscape… everything."
Needless to say, the 6'5" 270lbs junior was impressed with what he saw.
"I loved UCLA," said Dean. "I could really see myself going there for the next few years."
"I saw some similarities between UCLA and other colleges," said Dean. "I have been trying to get out to as many practices as possible. I've been to Washington and Washington State, I want to try and get to Arizona this summer."
Dean has seen a recent flood of interest and talked about what it has been like to pick up all these offers in the last month.
"I wasn't expecting all of these offers," said Dean. "I figured I might earn some after camps, but I just feel really fortunate that I have choices and the stress of getting an offer is gone."
Dean has offers from both in-state programs and acknowledges that distance will have an impact on where he decides to go.
"Distance is pretty big," said Dean. "It isn't going to dictate where I go, but it is a factor."
"I think if football was out of the equation then moving away for college would be nice," said Dean. "Part of me wants to try a new city and meet new people, but I also feel like after a couple of years I would wish that I was home."
Dean wants to be a part of a winning program and noted that how schools perform on the field this season will be important.
"I am really interested in Washington State and UCLA," said Dean. "Looking at team schedules, how they start could really impact things, if WSU could start out 4-0 that would really help them."
Dean would like to get the process over as soon as possible, but isn't going to make a decision before he feels like he has all the information he needs.
"I would like to make a decision as soon as possible," said Dean. "It is probably too soon right now, it will probably take until my season to make a decision. That is when I can take official visits, I will probably take three or four. I would like to see more and just to have fun with it."