2011 Profile: Green Run DT David Dean

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Green Run (Virginia Beach, VA) junior David Dean , a 6-2, 285-pound defensive tackle prospect, has the attention of college recruiters. The first-team all-Tidewater selection is up to three FBS scholarship offers and is drawing significant interest from other FBS programs as well.

The Background

David Dean didn’t start as a freshman, but the experience he gained in 2007 helped immensely.

“My freshman year, I was playing behind people like [current Virginia Tech defensive lineman] Joe Jones and Jeff Crawford,” Dean said. “I had to earn my spot. I took some beatings going against players like that in practice, but I kept progressing.”

Dean turned in a stellar 2009 season, earning first-team all-Beach district honors on offense and defense and earning first-team all-Tidewater honors for his play at offensive guard. He’s being recruited to play defensive tackle, where he tallied 54 tackles including eight sacks and four forced fumbles last season.

“I just put in everything I have,” Dean said when asked what separates him from other defensive tackle prospects. “I work hard on the field and in school. I lift and run. I do as much as I can.”

Green Run head coach Shawn Wilson speaks highly of Dean’s accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.

“David’s just a great overall kid,” Wilson said. “He has a 3.3 GPA. He already has a high enough score on the SAT. He is a hard-nosed player. It’s hard to keep him in practice because he practices so hard. I have to calm him down, which is rare for a lineman. He is getting bigger, stronger and faster. He is fast and agile.”

Dean credits his father, who played offensive tackle at Glenville State under current Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez, in helping him develop a solid work ethic on and off the field. As a result, the younger Dean is on his way towards realizing a dream of going to college.

“I’ve always wanted to go to college,” Dean said. “When I came into school, my dad told me what I need to put into it. He always puts me in the right direction. He has guided me and told me what to do. He has told me what to do and I’ve followed him.”

Green Run finished 5-5 overall