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SI All-American Candidate Marlin Dean Highlights and Evaluation

Marlin Dean is a defensive end prospect from Elbert County High School in Elberton, Ga. Dean is an SI All-American candidate.

Prospect: OL/DL Marlin Dean
Status: SI All-American candidate
Vitals: 6-foot-6, 265 pounds
School: Elberton (Ga.) Elbert County
Committed to: Georgia
Projected Position: Strong-Side Defensive End 

Frame: Powerful hips. Well balanced lower and upper body. Room to weigh 290-pounds down the line. 

Athleticism: Extremely explosive first step off the line. Great first-step power, lower-body torque. Elite quickness for a strong-side end. Bends well on the attack. Good hand-eye coordination in tight spaces to help beat blockers when pure burst doesn’t do the trick. 

Instincts: Attacks and protects gaps well. Knows when to shoot hands to attack a lineman or jump outside and speed rush with that elite bend. Plays full tilt like a coach would want on a consistent basis with some savvy in anticipating cadence and the snap count. 

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Polish: When engaged, Dean does a good job of using his hands to play half a man and get by the offensive tackle. Finishes tackles with his long arms and power; For a taller defensive end, does a good job of breaking down to make a tackle. 

Bottom Line: Dean provides elite upside as a strong-side defensive end. His power and athleticism stand out and his frame will allow him to add more weight. Long and muscular frame and an aggressive playing style provide him a chance to be a college standout relatively early on.