Dave Berk over a Scout is reporting that the Cincinnati Bearcats have added Jhavonte Dean to their 2015 class. The cornerbook hails from Homestead, Florida. Considering UC was hosting 440 recruits on campus over the last couple of days during their Elite One Day Camp, it’s very likely that Dean was among the visitors. Cincinnati’s coaches tend to keep several scholarships in hand for the specific purpose of passing them out to players they can see with their own eyes. It’s an excellent strategy that gives UC the opportunity to find diamonds in the rough. Jhavonte Dean, despite not a single rating at the moment from the four major recruiting services, could be yet another one of those players.
- Position: Cornerback, Safety, Wide Receiver
- Hometown: Homestead, FL
- High School: South Dade
- Height, Weight: 6’1″, 168 lbs
- Offers: -
- Composite Rating: *** – 82
- 247 Sports Rating: *** – 82
- ESPN Rating: -
- Rivals Rating: -
- Scout Rating: -
The versatile South Dade athlete plays several positions including cornerback, safety, and wide receiver. At 6’1″, 180 lbs he has the height to line out wide on offense but it serves him best in the secondary where he matches up well against opposing receivers. Plus his 4.60 Forty speed allows him to stick with many of them stride for stride. Playing on both sides of the field allows Dean the advantages of understanding the player opposite him. As a receiver, he understands how to create space between him and the defensive back. As a cornerback or safety, Dean understands positioning and high-pointing the ball when it’s in the air. Overall it makes him a solid two-way player.
Technically speaking, he does a nice job using his arms to bring the ball carrier down but doesn’t quite have the size to lay the lumber against larger players. As such, he holds back a bit when squaring off with runningbacks. Otherwise, Dean displays solid fundamentals on the typical tackle.
Jhavonte Dean comes to Cincinnati as a talented athlete who can play a multitude of positions. As such, I could see UC’s coaches bounce him between offense and defense in order to find the place that fits him best. Dean could be a candidate to redshirt during his first year in Clifton but could find his way onto the field on specials teams as a true freshman. If not, the coaches could put him on the practice squad immediately to identify the position that maximizes his abilities and helps them determine how he can best benefit this team. Plus it would allow Dean to add some muscle in the weight room. He could easily surpass 200 lbs with a little help from UC’s strength and conditioning team.