One year ago, Walled Lake (Mich.) Western 2019 2-star guard Jacob Dean visited Michigan for the Big Man Big House camp at Michigan Stadium.
This year, he will be back on June 18.
“They are encouraging me to attend their camp, so they can further evaluate me,” Dean said of Michigan’s coaching staff.
Dean, lately, has been in touch with Michigan defensive analyst Elijah Sandweiss and director of recruiting Matt Dudek.
“The relationship is them encouraging me mostly,” Dean said.
The 6-foot-8, 315-pound offensive lineman has offers from Iowa State, Kent State, Michigan, Ohio and Western Michigan. He is exclusively interested in Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa State, Kentucky and Notre Dame.
“Michigan is close to home, it’s an elite school and they put a lot of guys into the league,” Dean said. “Michigan State is on the same level.”
Reflecting on last year’s Big Man Big House camp, Dean said he enjoyed meeting Michigan commits and coaches in order to help get his foot in the door.
“I learned a lot and there was good competition,” he said. “It was great to see how coaches communicated with the older recruits.”
Heading to the camp last year did more than improve Dean’s game on the field, it led to an offer from the Wolverines on Dec. 16.
“I’m very excited about receiving an offer from Michigan,” Dean said at the time. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the coaches and the program better. I plan on visiting Michigan sometime soon. I really believe the team is moving in the right direction as far as recruiting.”
Michigan State is recruiting Dean fairly hard right now, as two players with Walled Lake Western ties are aiming to bring him to East Lansing. No players from the Wolverines are recruiting Dean.
Walled Lake Western 2019 3-star tackle Spencer Brown, who has been committed to the Spartans since July 31, is pushing Dean toward Michigan State.
Michigan State sophomore wide receiver Cody White, who attended Walled Lake Western, also is trying to steer Dean to Lansing. He caught 25 passes for 365 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was a 3-star signee in the 2017 class. White was ranked No. 376 in the nation, No. 56 at his position and No. 12 in Michigan, according to the 247Sports composite.
“They say they have a lot of young guys right now and will be really good in the future,” Dean said. “Just like Michigan, MSU wants me to come to their camp so they can further evaluate me.”
Even though Brown is committed to Michigan State, he is actively looking at all programs that have offered.
“I’m keeping all my options open,” Brown said. “I love the culture behind the University of Michigan and its coaches.”
Michigan was pushing for Walled Lake Western 2019 3-star pro-style quarterback Sam Johnson, but he decided to join Boston College on May 7.
Dean’s offer to Michigan might not be committable, which has to do with the team wanting him to camp for further evaluation. Dean also could be used as a piece to help bring Brown to the Wolverines.
If the offer from Michigan is — or becomes — committable, Dean probably will join the Wolverines, barring future scholarships offers.
“As of now, they are No. 1,” Dean said. “Michigan is a really good school and is only about 30 minutes away from home.”