Morgan Scalley has found what he hopes will be another Utah ‘diamond in the rough'.
Last month the Utes offered Newton (TX) corner D.J. Dean, an offer that came after many conversations and a visit to the Utah campus for the high school senior.
"Morgan Scalley is the coach that has been recruiting me. He and I talk about every two weeks. He'll reach out to me on Facebook and then I'll call him. He's just checking in on me during the week, making sure I've been working out and stuff. He just likes to keep tabs."
Dean's interest level in Utah has been kept high thanks to the constant communication with Coach Scalley. He recently took an unofficial visit to Utah to watch their spring game and says he came away impressed.
"I'm pretty interested in Utah. They've got a good sports medicine program up there and I like the family feel that I got when I was up there. I went to the spring game for an unofficial visit and it was pretty good. I met the safety Brian [Blechen] and he was pretty cool."
This recent visit was enough to help the Utes earn a follow-up trip, a visit Dean says he plans to make on Thursday, October 4th.
"I'm planning on making another visit to Utah to watch a game this fall when they play USC. I'm excited."
Dean has slowly seen his list of offers rise since the Utes offered back in May. He currently holds offers from ten schools and thinks another may soon be on the way.
"My recruiting is going real good. I have offers from SFA, McNeese State, Lamar, Central Arkansas, Utah, North Texas, Washington State, Illinois, Texas-San Antonio, and Tulane. I feel like TCU might be close to offering soon as well."
Dean is being recruited at cornerback and says he is well aware of the Utes recent successes when it comes to sending defensive backs to the NFL.
"I'm being recruited at corner. [Coach Scalley] talks to me a lot about Utah's history of putting corners in the league. It's definitely something you listen to."
Though he doesn't list a favorite at the moment, Dean insists playing away from home won't be a factor when he makes his decision this fall. He plans to commit during the second week of his upcoming season and says he knows wherever he goes his family will be able to watch him play.
"Playing away from home isn't a really big deal. I know my family isn't going to make it every game but they're going to make it to some no matter where I play. I don't feel like Utah is too far from home, the distance isn't a factor at all. As far as my decision goes, I plan on making my decision the second week of the season, probably mid-August."
On the field Dean prides himself in being a team leader, somebody he says his teammates see and hear when he's on the field.
"I'm a leader on the field, I'm real vocal. I'm good at man coverage too and love playing man-to-man."
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