Varsity Preps

Daytrieon Dean, #6 in Arkansas 25 for 2015

After his performance at the Army All-American Combine this last weekend in San Antonio, defensive end Daytrieon Dean of Fort Smith Northside is becoming a big name in the 2015 class within the state of Arkansas. Dean impressed the coaches by imposing his will on his opponents during one-on-one drills. With the frame and skill set that Dean will continue to develop, this prospect could be seeing more and more major Division 1 offers come his way.

Dean currently measures in at 6’3” 250 lbs. With his frame though, Dean could be up to 275 by the time he reaches collegiate form. That is what coaches at the major D-1 level want to see in their defensive ends. That is especially true for those in the SEC which is where Dean has garnered some early attention and offers. Immediately from his film, it is easy to see that one of Dean’s strengths is shedding blocks. He is not a defensive end that will blow by tackles and make copious amounts of sacks. Right now he is a very fundamentally sound run-stopping defensive end. Dean can work on pass rush moves as he progresses but with the solid foundation of fundamentals and the intangibles that he possesses, this will make him as desirable as any defensive end in the class. Another one of Dean’s strengths is something I like to call “Getting Flat.” This is when the play is extended outside of the tackles to the opposite side of the player’s position and instead of rushing vertically as to try and make a likely-failed attempt at a sack, he runs down the line of scrimmage and ends up walling off the runner for little-to-no gain. That is a big fundamental that a lot of defensive tackles in this pass rush happy era of football seems to be missing. Dean also has a nose for  the football, with the “Getting Flat,” and his ability to easily spot the ball carrier, Dean is quickly becoming a force in rush defense.

Dean has added two offers early on in his recruitment, those two being in-state Arkansas, and Ole Miss. Both being SEC schools and the pack mentality that recruiters in the SEC have, Dean should have several more SEC offers as he improves at his position. There is one other school that is showing interest in the junior defensive end, and that is Oklahoma State, where Dean has already unofficially visited. Dean has visited Arkansas several times already, living only 45 minutes away from the Fayetteville campus.

Dean is a part of a program at Fort Smith Northside that is rich in tradition in producing Division 1 athletes, most recently Kodi Burns, WR of the 2011 Auburn National Championship team. Although his school has hit a rough patch in regards to success in recent years, Dean could be the anchor of the defense that changes the tide back towards Northside being a power in Arkansas’ 7A.

The Verdict: Dean is a solid all around run defending defensive end at this stage in his career. He has a lot of upside with his frame and the ability he will have to build upon his pass rush, which is easier to build on than run defense. That all being said, I expect Dean to garner several more offers in the near future and a few of them will be from SEC schools. By the end of his career, I project him to be a top-20 recruit by his positon.

Pros: “Getting Flat,” Fundamentals, Frame, Length, Block Shedding

Cons: Could be a step quicker, Pass rush isn’t there yet, Bit of a DT/DE tweener

Check out Daytrieon’s Hudl Page: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1187862/daytrieon-dean

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