Running back Aundre Dean, a one-time commitment to Texas A&M, decided to take a step back a few weeks ago and open the process. Now, a final decision is just ahead.
Dean, the 6-foot-1, 186-pounder, de-committed from Texas A&M in order to open his focus and give the Aggies a chance to look at other running backs while he made up his mind. Now, the talented Texas running back has his sights set on UCLA and Texas A&M with one more visit this weekend before his final decision.
"This weekend I'm going to Texas A&M's Maroon and White game and I'll see what they have to show me," Dean said. "It's really between Texas A&M and UCLA. After I de-committed, some other schools offered, but I've got my mind up and I'll decide between those two schools."
Dean says that this repeat visit to College Station is in order to take another close look at the Texas A&M program. He says after his visit, he'll come back and talk it over with his family.
He then plans to have a decision sometime next week between the Bruins and the Aggies. Both schools offer him different things that he's interested in.
"With UCLA, it's just the coaching staff is really nice and they really took me in when I visited there," Dean said. "It wasn't a junior day or anything, but they showed me everything and I got to meet the coaches. The depth chart also looks nice and I could possibly come in as a freshman.
"Then you look at Texas A&M and you realize it's two great schools. A&M is close to home and that's a main thing with me too. I want to make sure that if I decide to go far that it's what I really wanted to do. You can't forget about the things that made you commit so early in the first place."
Once Dean decides between the two schools, he says he won't leave the door open any longer.
"When I commit, the next time, I'll be done for good," he said. "I'm not going to be looking and taking any more trips. We're starting spring ball next week and I want to get this out of the way for that. When I get back, I'm going to sit down and talk it over with my family."
Dean also received scholarship offers from Texas Tech, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and Purdue among others.