Randy Edsall continues to add to his 2012 recruiting class, picking up a commitment from Harrisburg, Pa. outside linebacker Brock Dean.
Edsall started out strong with Mike Madaras, Nick Brigham, and Roman Braglio, but the recent guys that he’s picked up have been more…unknown. With Dean, he returns back to the strong form, picking up a solid linebacker who has the potential to be a multiple year starter in College Park.
Listed at 6’1″ and around 210 pounds, Dean is rated three stars by Rivals and ESPN and two stars by Scout, and picked Maryland over offers from Pitt and Temple (what do you know, not only did he have FBS offers, but one BCS one as well). He recorded 40 tackles and 2.5 sacks in his sophomore year, and 93 tackles, eighteen for a loss, five sacks, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and an interception returned for a touchdown this past year.
This is once again the work of Greg Gattuso, quickly becoming our favorite assistant coach. He has locked down Quinton Jefferson, Perry Hills, and now Dean, just off the top of our head, since coming to Maryland a few months ago. Dean was named an all-state linebacker and a first team Keystone Division All-Star.
Dean is also a bright kid, with a 3.5 GPA and an interest in Maryland’s top-of-the-line business school. TT says there’s another added bonus as well – he’s apparently good friends with teammate and five-star defensive lineman Noah Spence, and this commitment can’t hurt our chances with him.
Some highlight tape analysis after the jump.
I can safely say I was not expecting that. Because of all the talk that he’s undersized (thankfully, he’s put on 20 pounds of muscle this summer), I expected a fast linebacker without a lot of power. Instead, Dean is a guy who won’t overwhelm you with his speed, but has incredible power off the snap to bulldoze through blockers and flat level a guy. What’s most impressive, however, is his football instincts. His timing is impeccable, and he takes fantastic angles and has great form tackling.
Dean is one of the more exciting recruits Maryland has signed for the 2012 class, and unlike other “sleepers” in this class, he shows a ton of potential.