Rated the top kicker in the state by Rivals.com and SuperPrep… #21 prospect in SC and All-Mid Atlantic team member according to SuperPrep… #23 prospect in the state by Borderwars.com… PrepStar All-Atlantic Region member… one of the Charlotte Observer’s Top 25 prospects in the state… 2002 Shrine Bowl participant… All-Lakelands, All-Region, and Special Teams MVP his sophomore, junior and senior seasons… All-State 4A in 2001 and All-Class All-State in 2002… converted 42-43 extra point attempts and 9-12 field goals with a long of 45 yards his senior year… had a 39.8 yard punting average and 59 of his 66 kickoffs were unreturnable in 2002… won the MVP kicking award at summer camps at Georgia and LSU with over 200 kickers… on the Ray Guy National Talent Search list… member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and FCA… played for Coach Shell Dula… chose Clemson over Georgia, Florida State and Louisiana State
More on Dean: Jad Dean grew up a Clemson fan and waited for the offer that came from Tommy Bowden in July. Dean regularly nailed kicks of over 60 yards in practice. As a junior, he was four of five on field goals with a long of 48 yards. He was 46 of 48 on PATs that season. As a sophomore, he was 10 of 14 on field goals and 52-55 on PATs. As a senior, he was nine of 12 on field goals. He had 59 touchbacks on 66 kickoffs. He averaged 39.8 yards per punt. Dean had offers from LSU, Georgia and Florida State. Recruited by John Lovett.
Quoting Dean: “I tried out for football in middle school in 7th grade and I made it as a wide receiver. One day he asked if anybody could kick and no one had ever played soccer so he asked me to come out there. I kicked pretty good, and he said I was more valuable as a kicker than I would be as a wide receiver.”
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