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June 13, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Juanita’s Dean talks about commitment to UW

Ultimately, it’s the coaches of a school that get the credit when a player decides to give a commitment.

But in the case of Nathan Dean of Juanita High, give older sister Natalie a little assist.

When the 6-5, 270-pound Dean made the trip to UW today to give the word to Husky coach Steve Sarkisian that he would sign with Washington, he had Natalie in tow. Natalie is a sophomore at UW, and like Nathan, a few years ago had to make the choice of which college to attend. Natalie ended up deciding to stay home and now is a constant presence in the student section at Husky games.

“When she was choosing colleges, she kind of thought she wanted to get away also and maybe see a different part of the country,” Dean said this afternoon. “But when all was said and done, she knew everything she wanted was right here in Seattle. I kind of made the same decision she did a little bit.”

Nathan Dean said he wanted to use the occassion of his commitment to let his sister meet the UW coaches. And when he did make the call, he became the sixth commit for UW’s Class of 2012 and the first of a stellar group of in-state OL to become a Husky.

UW fans obviously hope Dean is the first of a handful of in-state players, including the likes of Zach Banner of Lakes and Joshua Garnett of Puyallup, who will ultimately sign.

And Dean said UW coaches told him he could be part of something unique if everyone joins the fold. “They talked a lot about what my class looks like as far as linemen and how I could be playing with five in-state guys and how cool of a feeling that would be to be playing with five guys my own age all within about 50 miles of where I live,” he said.

Dean, though, said ultimately he made a decision that was best for him. He had taken unofficial visits to all of the traditional Pac-8 schools in recent weeks — UCLA, USC, Cal, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, UW and WSU.

“I’d seen every school that I was really considering and I loved everything I saw,” he said. “But nothing could beat what I saw at Washington.”

Dean said he has no plans for visits anywhere else, saying “I’m 100 percent committed” to UW. He plans to attend UW’s Rising Stars camp later this month and with his team will camp at Central Washington University later this summer, but that’ll be it, he said.

Dean said UW OL coach Dan Cozzetto has told him his future initially will be at tackle but that he could end up anywhere on the line depending on how he progresses physically and what the Huskies may need down the road. “I’ll be fine with playing anywhere,” he said.

As for potentially being the beginning of a haul of local linemen to head to UW, Dean said “that’s fun (to think about), but that’s about it. I’m not going to pressure anyone too hard. That’s kind of how I felt — I wanted to make the decision myself, I knew that’s how I felt I wanted to do it.”

Here’s a little more video of Dean:

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