Commitment Impact: Nathan Dean

It's been a hectic 48 hours for the Huskies. Not only did they get commitments from two out of state players, they also hauled in one of the top linemen on their board when Juanita (Kirkland, Wa.) OL Nathan Dean decided to end the recruiting process and make his pledge to UW. Here's a look at how his decision impacts the rest of the 2012 recruiting class as well as where we think he ends up...

Dean had his choice early on of schools, but chose Washington over offers from Colorado, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, Idaho and UCLA.

What makes Dean so impressive is he just started lifting seriously last year and with his natural athleticism, he took basketball more seriously than football up until two years ago.

"Nathan is just starting to tap his potential," Juanita head coach Shaun Tarantola told "His all-around physical ability is tremendous and because of his intelligence, we put a lot on him for protections and calls and things like that.

"In our offense, we don't have a right or left side, we have a quick and strong side and Nathan is our strong side tackle, so he flips from side to side and this year he'll even play some center because he's so smart."

Tarantola said spring football has really opened his eyes to what Dean can do on the field.

"He's playing with a lot of strength and power and that allows him to play with leverage," Tarantola said. "This spring we've seen a bit more nasty out of him that I wasn't sure he had.

"He's not just blocking guys, he's finishing them. He wants to punish them now and we've even had to back him off a little bit, which is great.

"I think you could see him play tackle or guard when he gets to Washington and honestly, with him getting snaps at center this year, we'll see how he does, but with his smarts and athletic ability, I could see him playing all five positions at Washington depending on where the coaches see him."

Dean's addition to Washington's commitment list is just the start of what could end up being an epic offensive line class with players like Puyallup's Josh Garnett, Lakes' Zach Banner and Tacoma Baptist's Walker Williams a mere 45 minute drive down I-5 (depending on traffic).

With Dean's outgoing personality, he has already gotten to know those three players, along with some of the other in-state talent and he could eventually be a key cog in the class.

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