Nakobe Dean, nation’s top inside linebacker, plans on ‘cutting my list down soon’

Nakobe Dean

The time is drawing near for five-star linebacker Nakobe Dean to begin narrowing his list of college options.

“I’m planning on cutting my list down soon, probably in half because I have 30 offers now. So, I’ll probably cut it down to a top 15,” Dean told GN. “Right now, I’m just trying to get out and visit as many schools as I can and view my options.”

Dean (6 feet 0, 215 pounds) is from Horn Lake (Miss.) High, about 20 miles south of Memphis. He is the No. 1 inside linebacker in the country and a top-25 prospect overall in the class of 2019.

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Dean was asked for a sneak peek of his top 15.

“Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and most of the schools I’ve visited a couple times will be in there, but I’ll also have some schools in there that I haven’t visited yet,” he said.

As for when he will make his decision, that will be a while.

“I always told my mom that I would wait until after my senior season, and she will make sure I stick to that,” Dean said. “I’m most likely going to commit after my senior season. I’ll probably commit December 13., which is my birthday.”

Most of Dean’s offers have come in the past year.

“My first camp I went to was Ole Miss, after my freshman year and I didn’t do so well,” Dean said. “Then I went to a camp at Mississippi State and did way better there and started getting looked at.

“I really didn’t start hearing from numerous programs until January after my 10th-grade season. Mississippi State and LSU hopped in there, and I didn’t even know they were watching me. After that, the offers just started rolling in. Most colleges liked my inside linebacker film after my 11th-grade year because I played outside the first two years.”

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Dean, who was offered by Stanford this week, has certain things in mind when it comes to his college choice.

“I don’t care about the distance from home,” Dean said. “I won’t say the relationship with coaches, either, because coaches come and go. I look for a school that will prepare me for life after football. A school that will prepare me well academically. It’s all about who you know, not what you know.

“I also look for a good feel from the university. The coaches may change, but the people around you most likely won’t.”

Dean will be busy this spring.

“I plan on visiting Georgia this weekend, and then the weekend after that, which is my spring break I may go to LSU,” he said. “During spring break, I also may go down to Florida and visit my dad and take a trip to the University of Florida. My dad lives in Lakeland, Fla.”

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