Dean taking his time

One of the most sought-after wideouts in the entire country is Fairfield (Cali.) WR DeLashaun Dean. While his team has gotten off to a very slow start, recruiting continues to move along in high-gear. Dawgman.com was able to catch up with the big-time wide receiver and he updated us on how things are going for him so far this fall.

"I sat out (Friday) night's game," Dean said. "My right knee swelled up pretty bad so my coach decided to hold me out until our league games start. We haven't been playing really well yet, but we'll improve and play hard the rest of the season."

On Friday, Fairfield lost to Vacaville 34-14 and are currently 0-5, but Dean said that he and his teammates haven't given up on the season.

"We are all still really focused on winning," Dean said. "We are all competitive, we all want to win. It will come. It doesn't help that I've been hurt a little, but I'm feeling better and should be ready to go next week."

Even with the lack of numbers for Dean, teams are still showing him the interest he has come accustomed to so far this recruiting season. He sports 20-plus offers including offers from his "rough list" of top schools.

"I wouldn't say I have a leader or leaders right now," Dean said, noting he has a few that have caught his eye. "Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona State, Arizona, Nebraska, Washington, UCLA and LSU are all the ones I'm focusing on right now. All can pretty much offer early playing time and all of them have good offenses."

Washington tight ends and special teams coach Bob Simmons is recruiting Dean for the Huskies and has been in touch with the playmaker from northern California.

"I've talked to coach Simmons a couple times," Dean said. "I also have talked to coach (Tyrone) Willingham and he is a really great man. It was basically just introducing myself to him and him to me. He's a really good coach and he cares about his players on and off the field

"I'm definitely planning on setting up a visit with Washington. They talk to me all the time about their needs and what role they project me in. I know I can play there."

So is a decision imminent or in the near future for Dean?

"At first I thought I was going to make an early decision, but now I think I'm going to wait a while," Dean said. "I want to take all of my visits before I decide on a school.

"Basically it's going to come down to playing time, the coaching staff, the players and my comfort level with the area that I'm located in. Those will all factor in."

Dean took the SAT on October 8th.


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