Eagle HS ATH D.J. Dean (Eagle, ID) signed with Boise State as a member of the 2012 class in February…
2012 Bronco Signee Likely To Grayshirt
"I'm thinking that I'll likely grayshirt," he said. "That was kind of the understanding that we had a few months ago and nothing has really changed," he added.
"I won't be enrolling in the summer bridge program," he stated. "I live really close so I can just drive back and forth to campus, but in the fall I'll probably take a few classes if I grayshirt and then join the team in January."
"I'm really looking forward to starting college," said Dean. "It's that next chapter in your life. It's all about meeting new people, learning new things, and just continuing to grow as a person. I'm definitely looking forward to it."
The future Bronco believes the grayshirt experience has many positives and this will allow him enough time to learn every inch of the playbook between now and January.
"I've spoken to a number of guys that have grayshirted and it really helped them," he said. "I should be able to have a full grasp of the offense and this will give me a lot more time to memorize everything. The guys I've spoken to have just told me to keep working my butt off and stay in the weight room as much as I can."
"I see the coaches every once in a while," said Dean. "I bumped into Coach Prince last Friday and we touched base on everything. He asked me how I'm picking up everything, getting comfortable, and things like that."
Dean went on to say that it's hard not to be excited about the future of Bronco football with stadium expansion and the new football facility on the way within the next year.
"It's really exciting," he said. "We warm-up on The Blue every morning and you see bleachers going up behind us, the new facility being built on the north end, and you start to realize just how much this program has grown and will continue to grow."
"Workouts are going well," he said. "It took a little bit of time to get used to everything, but I'm definitely learning a lot in the weight room. My goal right now is to just keep working hard."
Dean says the biggest difference between HS and college can be summed up in one word - dedication.
"I'd say the biggest difference is just the mind-set of every guy," he said. "Everyone is dedicated and in HS you always had a few guys that were dedicated, but then you also had some that would be dogging it and not work hard. Everyone is dedicated here and trying to get better each and every day. It really pushes you to become a better player."
And wearing the Bronco uniform? Dean (6'1, 192) says he might have to pinch himself the first time he puts it on.
"It's going to be a little surreal when I first put that uniform on," he said. "I might have to pinch myself. It's something you dream about, but it's all about football when you get out on the field. It's definitely going to be exciting."
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