Things are going well for Urban Meyer and No. 2 Ohio State, but after Sunday's big news, the future is looking even brighter.
Dean, a 6'1", 180-pound standout, is rated the 16th-best cornerback and the 179th-best prospect overall by 247Sports' composite rankings. He had offers from some of the top programs in the country, such as Florida, Miami and Mississippi State.
Dean got comfortable in Columbus, Ohio, though, when he attended Meyer's Friday Night Lights summer camp last July.
"I like the environment around campus and the coaching staff," Dean told Eleven Warriors. "They make sure their players will perform at their full potential every single rep, helping them get better for the team's sake."
During that summer trip, Dean named Ohio State his favorite. On October 26, three months after making his first visit, he returned to take in the atmosphere of a night game when the Buckeyes hosted Penn State.
It was unlike anything I have ever seen. I looked up into the stadium, and it was really big, and there wasn’t one empty seat in the entire place. I never really saw anything like that in my entire life.
Dean joins 4-star prospect Eric Glover-Williams as Ohio State's 2015 verbal pledges. Glover-Williams, out of Canton, Ohio, plays quarterback for McKinley High School, but the 5'11", 165-pound athlete projects to either fit the hybrid role Dontre Wilson plays or cornerback.
If Glover-Williams does end up on the defensive side of the ball, Ohio State will have two supremely talented athletes to line up against Big Ten receivers.
For now, though, Meyer and the Buckeyes can sit back and enjoy another victory.
All recruit rankings per 247Sports.com.
David Regimbal is the Ohio State Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report.
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