Dean family spends time at UW

Juanita (Kirkland, Wa.) OL Nathan Dean, one of the top recruits in the state of Washington, hauled his sixth offer on Thursday. In addition to that good news, the talented offensive lineman and his parents spent over two hours at the University of Washington, meeting with the Husky coaches as well as the academic advisors...

"I got offered by Colorado," Dean told "I also spent about two hours up at U-Dub today with my parents, so it was a pretty busy day."

The Buffloes joined Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Idaho and UCLA as programs that have offered the talented line prospect.

While that good news was sinking in, Dean and his parents decided to drive across the 520 Bridge to sit down with some of the Husky coaches as well as the some of the academic people in order to get a better feel for what Dean could expect should he end up at Montlake.

"My dad and I have had a great time throughout this process so far, but my mom, she's not a real football junkie, so she hasn't really gotten to see much," Dean noted. "This was a chance for her to get to see some things and ask questions and I think it was really informative for her.

"We sat down with coach (Dan) Cozzetto for a while and she got to know him a little better. He really stressed how important it is to get the local linemen in and he was talking to us about how every lineman who started against Nebraska (in the Holiday Bowl) was from the state of Washington and that was really cool because I didn't know that.

"After that we got to meet with the academic people and it was really cool to see all the support they have for the athletes there and their facilities for students."

Over the next four weeks, Dean plans to hit the camp circuit just a bit and said he plans to attend the Washington and Washington State camps along with one out of state camp, most likely California's, and his team camp at Central Washington.

As far as a timeline is concerned, Dean is focused on making his decision before his senior season and would like it to be made sooner, rather than later.

"The sooner I can make my choice the better," Dean said. "But I'm not going to rush things. I don't want people to think I'm 'showboating' or anything like that, but I really feel like I need to get as much information as possible on the schools I'm looking at before I can make my decision.

"I'm just going to take the process slow and make sure because I don't want to do anything like decommit from the school I end up at. It's important to me that the decision I make is my final one.

"I also want to start helping with the rest of my recruiting class, so once I commit I want to go out and recruit for that school too."

We will have more from Dean in the coming weeks as he finishes up his camp tour and as he gets closer to making his decision.

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