Jhavonte Dean is a 6-2 185 lb CB coming to The U from Blinn College (Texas) in the JUCO ranks. He is originally from Homestead, FL and went to South Dade for high school. Coming out of JUCO, he was a highly sought after recruit and eventually made it here after de-committing from Alabama. He put in his work and did his job at Blinn so that he could make it here and beyond, so he should be a highly motivated player for the Canes.
With a lot of top-heavy talent at the CB spot for Miami, it’s hard to tell if Dean will be a starter come September, but there is no question that he has the talent to deserve that spot. It is likely a battle amongst Malek Young, Dee Delaney and then Dean for the two CB spots, with freshman Trajan Bandy taking the fourth spot in the rotation.
He has a good size advantage in terms of length over all of his peers at CB at Miami, which bodes well for his amount of snaps. Even though he played at a JUCO, he will still have to adjust to faster, more physical play in the ACC. He has the tools to be an All-ACC CB whether it be this year or next.
In the end, I think Dean will be seeing close to starter’s snaps while playing behind redshirt senior transfer Dee Delaney this year. With his size and incredible speed, there is no reason for him not to be a top-notch cover corner for Miami. He will be able to stay with the quicker WR’s with his speed while using his length to disturb the bigger wideouts in the country. He could put up big numbers in the pass-breakup category over his time in the orange and green.
There is a chance that he could get NFL looks due to his combination of size and speed as a corner and the upside that he brings as a result. In the end, though, I see Dean coming back to Miami for 2018 after a really solid year backing up an All-American in Dee Delaney.
I see Dean finishing up 2017 with around 15-20 tackles, 5 pass break-ups, and an interception. All-ACC accolades may not be in the cards for 2017, but he is not far off.
How do you project Jhavonte Dean for 2017?
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