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Dean happy to be a Buckeye

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On Sunday night, Cocoa (Fla.) defensive back Jamel Dean decided to become the second commitment for the Buckeyes for the Class of 2015. Dean cited the tradition and the coaching staff as two of the factors that sold him on Ohio State.
"I decided to leave Florida for because I wanted to try something new," remarked Dean. "When I went up to Ohio State, I just loved it. Plus the coaching staff is real cool."
Assistant coach Tim Hinton is the lead recruiter for Dean and the Cocoa standout said his commitment is solid.
"I was there for the Penn State game and it was amazing," noted Dean. "I've never seen anything like that before. The thing that stood out the most was the defensive scheme. Me and Coach Hinton have a great connection. We talk once a week."
The bond between Dean and Hinton started to form last summer. The junior defender saw Columbus for the first time and attended the Ohio State Friday Night Lights Camp.
"That's when I knew I could see myself there, of course," stated Dean. "Now I'm 100% committed and I'm only worried about Ohio State."
The Buckeyes are taking him at corner because of his speed, length, and his above average ball skills. Dean says he likes to pattern his game after Darrelle Revis. Like Revis he isn't afraid to go against the best and never backs down from a challenge.
"At Cocoa our coach is always looking to play the best teams," said Dean. "That gives us a chance to see where our game is at compared to others. I think that helps us for the next level."
As a junior, Dean said he finished the season with 30-plus tackles and two interceptions to go with over 500 yards receiving and seven scores.
This Saturday he will be rooting on the Buckeyes when they take on Michigan State in the Big 10 Championship with a chance to play in the BCS title game with a win. When asked about the outcome of the game?
He responded, "Ohio State is going to win by at least three touchdowns."
Kynon Codrington is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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