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Visit Report: D.J. Dean
Eagle HS ATH D.J. Dean (Eagle, ID) verbally committed to Boise State back in October and made the short drive across town for his official visit just last weekend. The talented ATH brings versatility to the Broncos with his experience at QB, WR, and S. So, how did the visit go?
"It went really well," he said. "I had a basketball game on Friday night so me and my dad drove down on Saturday morning. We had breakfast, took a campus tour, had a meeting with the coaches, and got to see the other traditional stuff."
"We ate a lot," he said with a laugh. "There was a lot of food. Basically, we took the normal tour, went through the student union, met with the academic advisor, saw what they had to offer, and that stuff."
"On the visit, I got to meet with Coach Prince and he went through the offense with my dad and I," said Dean. "I got a sense of where he's coming from and he's a great coach. He knows a lot about football. You could see that with his presentation and everything. I know he'll help me mature as a football player and I'm looking forward to that. The fact that he's still going to coach the WRs while being the new Offensive Coordinator is amazing."
The possibility of grayshirting was also discussed while on the visit.
"Coach Prince and Coach Petersen both talked to me about grayshirting," he stated. "It all depends on the numbers. Dallas Burroughs and Corey Bell were supposed to grayshirt last year, but they ended up coming in that summer. So, it just depends right now. With Coach Petersen, we covered a lot of stuff. We talked about the on and off the field stuff, responsibilities of a Boise State football player in the community, character, the OKG, and about how Boise isn't for everyone."
"I'm definitely ok with grayshirting if that's what they want me to do," he said. "I know it has its advantages," he added.
"I'm 100% committed."
A good friend and former HS teammate was Dean's host while on the visit.
"Dillon Lukehart was my host," he said. "We've been pretty good friends since I was a sophomore in HS. He talked to me about everything...told me it was a lot of hard work. He said it takes a lot of dedication, but it's still a dream come true for him to be down there. He let me know it will be tough, but definitely worth it as well."
Dean (6'1, 190, 4.5) can play a number of positions, but the coaching staff likes him at WR.
"They told me they recruited me as an ATH, but it sounds like a sure thing that I'll be at WR," said Dean. "That's the plan and the position they want me at."
"I'm pretty physical," he said. "I've got some size, feel that I can block well, and I'd say my biggest attribute is the ability to catch the ball coming across the middle. I'll go across the middle if I have to and come down with it."
Signing Day is coming up this Wednesday and the future Bronco says he's looking forward to it.
"Oh yeah, I'm really excited to make it official and get started," he said. "We have a school thing for all the people that are signing...a thing in the auditorium...and I think the local news is coming as well. I believe that's the plan."
BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on D.J. Dean.
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