December 28, 2007

Dean plans UA visit

With a state championship to his credit and a season in which he rushed for well over 2,000 yards, one would think that Katy four-star running back Aundre Dean would be taking it easy over the Christmas holidays.

Interestingly, Dean's idea of "taking it easy" includes trips to the whirlpool after grueling workouts and making college recruiting visit plans. This week, Dean hit his high school weight room between Christmas dinners and family functions and also found time to schedule a trip to the Capstone in January to visit Tuscaloosa.

"I called Coach Applewhite to let him know that I am coming for a mid-week visit," said Dean, who stands 6-foot-1, 200 pounds. "I don't know the exact date other than it is in January, but after talking it over with my family, I wanted to make sure they were there on the visit so they could get a feel for the place. This is an important decision for me, and I want to make sure they are involved. I plan on being in Tuscaloosa for two days. I don't mind that I may be the only official visitor on campus when I am there. I am really interested in Alabama and want to really focus on what they have to offer."

Right before his Katy squad won a state championship over Pflugerville, Dean went to extreme measures to make sure his focus was squarely on winning a title.

"So many coaches were calling me that I had my cell phone number changed," said Dean. "This was my first championship ring, so I wanted to make sure that I didn't come this far for nothing."

Dean rushed for 220 yards and a touchdown in the 28-7 win.

Next up on his recruiting agenda is a trip to Louisville on the weekend of January 11.

"Right now my main schools are Alabama, LSU and Louisville," said Dean. "I could possibly give UCLA (the school he originally committed to before coaching turnover opened his recruitment up) another look depending on who they bring in for a coach, but that would be difficult to do with as little time as I have to work with.

"It looks like I am really set on leaving the state, but that is the way the dominoes fell. Texas never recruited me and Texas A & M was eliminated when their coaching situation went unstable. Right now, I am focused on the schools that are interested in me and making the best decision."

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