Kirkland's Dean is rated three stars and in the nation's top 75 offensive tackle prospects. And he grew up a fan of the Washington Huskies. However, a visit to Pullman earlier this spring has the 6-5, 270 pound junior strongly considering the Cougars.
"The trip was kind of a funny one," said Dean. "I went to practice and went through about two hours of meetings hoping to get an offer. I was disappointed that I didn't get the offer, but they ending up calling that week so it worked out."
Dean came away feeling a bond with both WSU head coach Paul Wulff and o-line coach Steve Morton.
"My dad and I were able to sit and talk to Coach Paul Wulff for about 25 minutes, I was very impressed," said Dean. "He was really down to earth and I felt like I could trust him. Steve Morton was great as well. I have been a Husky fan, but I made a connection with those two coaches. I can really tell they are moving in the right direction."
Dean is hearing from all four of the Northwest Pac-12 schools that have offered him as well as California. The junior isn't in a hurry to make a decision, but would like to have the process done by the start of his senior year.
"I'm not trying to get attention or promote myself, just trying to take it in," said Dean. "I would like to make a decision as soon as possible, but it has to feel right. I just don't know yet. I would never want to be one of those guys that commits and then ends up have to decommit."
Dean isn't ready to name a final list, but does have a group of programs that he is most familiar with.
"Right now the schools that I talk to are UCLA, California, Washington State, Washington and Arizona," said Dean. "I am open to other schools that may want to offer me, but right now those are the schools I am most familiar with."
Dean took part in the Stanford Nike Camp this past weekend, but only plans on attending a few team camps in addition to his high school practice schedule.
"I know I will be at the WSU camp in Pullman and the UW camp as well," said Dean. "I will probably only make it to one out of state camp -- that will probably be Cal because I am still working on getting an offer."
Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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