D.J. Dean on UNT, recruiting

UNT appeared to be out of the running for D.J. Dean, a cornerback from Newton who committed to Utah a few months ago.

Dean said Friday that the situation has changed. UNT is very much in the hunt for the three-star athlete.

“I like the coaching staff at North Texas and the area,” Dean said. “My family is from there. I have uncles and aunts who live in Forth Worth and I have a cousin who lives off of 820, about 15 minutes away. I am interested in playing close to them.”

Dean was the District 10-2A MVP and helped lead Newton to the state semifinals. He visited Utah and quickly committed to the school before having second thoughts. He decommitted recently.

Newton coach WT Johnston said the idea of going so far away from home started to weigh on Dean.

Dean will visit UNT on the 18th. He is being recruited by UNT safeties coach Noah Joseph.

The word has started to get out that Dean is back on the market.

“He will have to make a decision here pretty quickly,” Johnston said. “People are starting to find out and come back in on him. A coach from Oklahoma State flew in today.”

Dean said he does not have any other visits set up yet, but that he will likely visit OSU, McNeese and Texas State.

Dean watched UNT fall to Arkansas State at Fouts Field last season and will see the school again next weekend.

“I am going to try to visit a couple of schools before I decide,” Dean said.

UNT is recruiting Dean as a cornerback.