There is an offensive lineman out in the Antelope Valley who first caught the attention of Rivals.com during the playoffs in 2004. This player was so impressive that one opposing coach told Rivals.com that this trenchman was the best they had faced all season.
Let Rivals.com introduce you to Jake Dean (6-4, 260, 5.12) from Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete.
"I used to be the line coach at Ventura (Calif.) Saint Bonaventure and we have sent several linemen to the D-I level," Paraclete coach Dan Lyon said. "Jake has the potential to be as good as anyone I have sent to the D-I level."
"Jake has great feet and he's a great athlete," Lyon said. "Add that to his size and leadership skill then you have the total package as an offensive lineman."
"Jake will also see some snaps on defense," Lyon said. "He may play middle linebacker for us, he's athletic to do that on our level."
"If Jake doesn't play linebacker for us," Lyon said. "He will play on the defensive line."
Dean has an excellent work ethic. He is working very hard this off-season on getting stronger. Dean just benched 185-pounds, 18 times at the NIKE Combine held last weekend.
Even though he is very busy playing baseball, he still works out weights and never misses a workout.
Dean earned first-team all-league honors as a junior.
Schools that are showing early interest are UCLA, Cal and Nebraska. Look for that list to grow as spring makes its presence and colleges are allowed to make on campus visits.