WSU has opened his eyes, Juanita OL says

NATHAN DEAN was at WSU's junior day event this past weekend but left without a crimson offer. As he found out why the Cougs weren't ready to offer at that time, however, it was actually a plus in his eyes -- it impressed him. Things changed up again a few days later for the Kirkland o-lineman, one who grew up a Husky fan but who has since, in his words, had his eyes opened by Washington State.

This past weekend in Pullman, Dean a three-star OT out of Juanita High, WSU o-line coach Steve Morton and Dean's dad sat down and talked for a good half hour. Dean (6-5, 270) said Morton told him he liked him as a player, but didn't see enough in his highlight tape to offer him, that he wanted to get his hands on more game tape, and/or get him in WSU's summer camp, so he could make an accurate, thorough evaluation on whether to offer.

"It was actually really good because I really respected what coach Morton had to say," said Dean, out of Juanita. "He wants to evaluate more, and that makes sense. WSU is real high on my list – I'm trying to gain their scholarship, it's not the other way around. And Paul Wulff had the same sort of idea as coach Morton.

"(Morton) isn't a big fan of ‘highlight tapes', doesn't like basing an offer on only season highlight tapes. We talked about everything, we talked about what he sees in me, things I need to get better at -- which was very helpful -- the current offensive line, it was really interesting and a good talk."

But after the weekend, WSU was able to view Dean's playoff game tape against Camas. Juanita lost that game, but Dean was going up against better competition. And, based on what then happened, Dean showed enough of the things in that game tape that Morton was wanting to see.

"Washington State just offered me last night," an excited Dean told CF.C.

ARIZONA WAS THE first to offer Dean, even though they had never spoken with him to that point. "I think they've just been talking with my coach a lot," said Dean. Seeing the ‘Zona offer, the UW immediately put one on the table, and the UW is a school Dean has long been very familiar with.

"They've given me tickets for basketball and football," said Dean. "And I've sat in on meeting with coach Cozetto, and I talk to coach Mills a lot.

"Growing up a UW fan, I haven't had a lot of love for WSU. But I've really gotten my eyes opened by them, I was blown away this weekend. I was really impressed with Paul Wulff and (Steve) Morton. Coach Wulff just wants to show the good things WSU has to offer and that really appeals to me."

So does the Palouse.

"I was born in a small town in Illinois. I live in Seattle now but I like the (college town) feel -- not that I don't like the ‘big city' atmosphere, it's pretty cool too," said Dean.

With offers from WSU, UCLA, Arizona, Idaho and the UW, Dean plans on taking his time. Best case scenario, he would have a decision shortly after school starts but he does want to take a few official trips in the fall and those can't always be scheduled early. One thing he doesn't want to do, he said, is make a decision and then change his mind, de-commit and end up somewhere else.

"I want to be completely sure before I make that decision. I've seen guys who flip and do all that stuff. I get turned off by that," said Dean.

Dean this past weekend went to Pullman a day early, on Friday, before returning for some of WSU's junior day event on Saturday. "So I had my own little junior day on Friday, I had all the coaches to myself," said Dean.

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