Dean Gives Thoughts on Dawg Practice

Juanita (Kirkland, Wa.) OL Nathan Dean had an eventful Wednesday when three D-1 schools extended offers. On Thursday, only a week after getting offered by Washington, he was on campus to watch the Huskies run through a frenzied two-hour workout and told that when he spoke to the coaches, things were a bit different this time around...

"It was a different sort of conversation now," Dean admitted to "Before they offered, the conversations were always about the school and what they are doing with the program, you know, stuff like that.

"Now it was like 'hey man, we want you to be part of the team' and it all focused on joining them and being a part of the program.

"It was fun. I really liked it."

As far as the practice, he said he spent time watching the linemen work out and run through drills and also spoke with 2011 signee Dexter Charles as well as senior OT Senio Kelemete.

"I've know Dex for a little while and he and I are real close in age, so it was good to get his perspective on things and why he made the decision he did," Dean noted. "With Senio, he played for our coaches at Evergreen and so we've known each other for a while.

"It's just nice to see how they go about their business and how hard they work."

Dean said he hopes to make it to some other practices at Montlake before the end of spring and may take a trip to see another school's practices if he can fit it in.

"I'm not really sure yet which one I'd like to go see, but we'll see if I can fit it in," Dean said.

The rising offensive line prospect also noted that every school recruiting him hasn't been very specific on where they see him playing.

"Right now it isn't really set in stone where they'd like me to play," Dean said. "You can see with (Erik) Kohler. Everyone was talking about him playing tackle before he got here, but now he's starting at guard, so to me I'm not really worried about that right now.

"I'm fine with playing wherever the staff I play for thinks I fit best, so I'm just going to worry about that later."

As noted earlier, Dean's Wednesday was pretty hectic with calls in to three D-1 head coaches.

"While I was at lunch, I got a text from my coach that I needed to call Idaho's coach, so I did and they offered," Dean said. "Then during a workout, I got a text to call UCLA's coaches, so I did that and got offered and then finally, Washington State offered when I called them.

"None of them said anything I haven't heard before, but the funny thing is, every school that has offered me has told me, to the word, 'we're going to recruit the heck out of you' and I thought that was kinda funny."

Dean said he still plans to take all his visits and hopes to decide by the end of the year.

"Those officials are important," Dean said. "I want to see the schools and get a feel for them and I don't want to rush anything."

We'll have more from Dean in the near future as he continues to work his way through the recruiting process.

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