"I saw a lot," Dean said happily of his trip to WVU. "When we got there, they toured us around the whole football complex. The took us up in the indoor facility and told us about the new turf they will be putting in. Then they walked us through the weight room and the locker room, and we met some of the coaches.
"Then we went on the field for pregame, and it was just a whole other atmosphere," Dean recalled. "I wanted to put on the pads!"
Dean has not yet been offered by West Virginia, but is being looked at closely as his senior season progresses. The talented wide receiver and defensive back prospect said that WVU is "looking at me as an athlete" who can play several different positions.
That's just fine with Dean, who, despite making 49 catches for 648 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior, likes the defensive side of the ball better.
"I would play either way, but I think I like hitting more. I like doing the hitting." He admitted with a laugh."
Like most seniors, Dean will be sending films of his early season games out to interested schools. He has offers from Akron, Toledo and Buffalo, and other schools such as Hofstra are also asking for tape.
Despite not having decided what he wants to major in, Dean is very serious about his academics in college.
"Academics are really important to me, even though I haven't decided yet what I want to study," Dean said as he discussed his college plans. "When I pick a school, that's going to be a big part of it, because I need to have a backup plan if I don't [have a career in football]."
Dean, who plans to make an unofficial visit to Toledo as early as this weekend, is very interested in the Mountaineers, and is working for offers from WVU as well as other schools on the same level.
"West Virginia is one of my top schools, and Toledo is in there too," he said. "I'm going to keep going and see what other offers come my way."