2012 Spotlight: Juanita OL Nathan Dean

The 2012 offensive line class in the state of Washington has two headliners -- Lakes' Zach Banner and Puyallup's Josh Garnett -- but one player who promises to make an impression this spring and summer as well is Kirkland Juanita's Nathan Dean...

Dean just wrapped up his junior season, helping to lead the Rebels to the state playoffs before losing a heart-breaker to Camas.

"It was a good season for us, but we want more," Dean told Dawgman.com. "I'm working this offseason on getting bigger and stronger, so that I can be that much better for my senior season."

Dean lists his current height and weight at 6'5", 260 pounds and he said he played the strong guard position for Juanita last fall.

"We're one of the few teams that doesn't have a right or left tackle," Dean said. "We have a strong and quick tackle and I play on the strong side so that I can get to the reach blocks and that allows us to run the strong sweep which is a really big play for us in our offense.

"Basically, when I line up, I have the defensive end on my outside shoulder and I have to take some really hard, aggressive steps outside to reach him so that allows our strong sweeper to come through and be able to get down the field."

Dean said he currently benches 275 pounds while throwing up 365 on the squat.

"I definitely know I need to get stronger and that's a focus for me," Dean said. "I'm playing basketball right now, just to stay in cardio-shape and after that, I just work out all through spring and in the summer, just to get myself ready for football season."

Last year, Dean took in Notre Dame's line camp, a Jason Gesser camp at Western Washington as well as his team's camp at Oregon State and said this year he expects to hit the camp circuit hard with one stop being Washington's Rising Stars camp.

"I definitely want to get up there and work out for them," Dean said. "I got invited to come down for one of their (bowl) practices last month which was really cool. The coaches and the players really were working hard and it paid off with how they played in the Holiday Bowl."

Other schools who have been showing Dean interest include Oregon and Oregon State along with Washington State as well.

Since it is so early in the recruiting process, Dean does not have any offers, but with his natural size and athleticism to go along with his outstanding work ethic, he is a player who will garner plenty of attention as things progress this year.

We'll continue to keep tabs on Dean's progress and we'll update things as they happen.

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