July 11, 2011

CMU adds highly touted DT Jabari Dean

They often say good news travels in pairs, and for the Central Michigan football team, that couldn't of been a better saying. Hours after receiving a commitment from Mason (Mich.) running back Saylor Lavallii, the Chippewas added another. Jabari Dean, 6-foot-1 and 295 pound defensive tackle from Detroit (Mich.) Renaissance gave his verbal pledge to CMU as he became the 14th commitment in the 2012 class.

"I called Coach (Vinson) Reynolds he was very excited, and he was out of breath. He just told me to talk to Coach (Dan) Enos and they were both very excited to have me as a Chippewa," added Dean. "I wanted to commit here (CMU) a couple weeks ago but my parents were telling me to be patient, so I just waited and then this weekend I committed."

"So we finally just talked or whatever and they said go to the place I felt comfortable, so I committed to Central Michigan. They expect me to play early but if need to I will redshirt, I will do whatever is best for the team."

In addition to CMU feeling like home, academics also played a large part in Dean's decision.

"I really liked the campus and everything. Academically the job placement rate in Sports Medicine is one of the best in the major I want, something like 99 percent and almost a 100. You got to have a back-up plan so can get a job."

Dean has been a standout on the summer camp circuit, and he was one of the most impressive defensive tackles at the Midwest Elite Camp in Wixom, Mich. That ChippewaCountry covered. Dean consistently gave the top offensive lineman in camp all they could handle, and he was the only defensive lineman in attendance that was able to give 2013 Midland (Mich.) offensive tackle Steven Elmer trouble, as he used his power and low center of gravity to utilize the bull rush. Additionally Dean is one of the top athletes in the state at the defensive tackle position, posting a 26 inch vertical jump at 299 pounds and churning out 18 reps of 225 pounds at the MichiganPreps Combine in March.

Dean chose CMU over offers from Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, and Toledo, and with his decision out of the way his focus is now squarely on his senior season.

"Now I 'm just going to focus on the season, which I can finally do now that I am done with all the stress of making my college decision," said Dean. "We already started practice towards the season and I have high expectations. I am getting to be a leader, I am a quiet person but on the football field I will be a different person off the football field."

Under head coach Dan Enos, Central Michigan continues their in-state dominance as the Chippewas now have 11 of their 14 commitments from the Great Lakes State.

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