"It was just this week, practicing for this All-Star game," explained an exhausted Derrick Dean, the freshly anointed Defensive MVP of District 10-4A in New Orleans. "Troy Wingerter was here… he was all talkin' bout how much fun I'd have in Lafayette.
"I was ready right then, we got Coach Bustle on the phone, and I said ‘coach' I'm ready to commit. It was just like that."
McDonagh 35 High School in New Orleans, a program deep in talent, has been known to produce quality Division I defensive linemen.
This year is no exception with Dean, the senior nose guard amassed over 100 tackles [82 were solo] and an eye-popping 18 sacks.
"We have a lot of talent here," stresses McDonagh 35 Head Coach Wayne Reese. "Dean can play multiple positions, but I've never coached a better noseguard. He's academically qualified and has been the starter for 4 years – that's rare here."
At 6'0" 285 lbs, Dean has room to grow, but possesses a quickness as well as an explosiveness that few coaches have seen from a down lineman in long time. Dean is always disruptive on special teams, and is
usually the first player to the kicker.
"I am ready to play," said Dean. "I'm excited, I'm happy, I'm looking forward to playing for the Ragin' Cajuns. I also love the fact that
my friends and family can come and see me play."
The UL defensive and special teams coaching staff will no doubt keep Dean busy.