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Alabama lands top JUCO CB Jhavonte Dean

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As well as the Alabama Crimson Tide fare in rounding up top-tier high school commits, the program worked out of its comfort zone on Saturday. Head coach Nick Saban and the Tide earned a verbal from a junior college commit on Saturday, cornerback Jhavonte Dean.

The Brenham, Texas native played his ball at Blinn College and offered a verbal.

“It was pretty nice,” Dean said of Alabama to 247Sports. “It was basically what I expected. The campus was what I expected. I felt like they really wanted me. Coach (Nick) Saban said I’m a priority. He told me everything they do there and how Alabama puts guys in the league.”

Highly-sought at Blinn, Dean held eight commitments leading up to his pledge to Alabama: Miami, Florida, TCU, Utah, Oregon State, Cincinnati, Kentucky and UCF.

He’s the No. 1 JUCO cornerback in the class which comes equipped with a four-star rating. As a freshman, Dean posted 18 tackles and tacked on 12 pass breakups over the course of nine games.

At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, Dean’s a burner, evident by his 4.3 40-yard dash. His recruitment process was overseen by both Jeremy Pruitt and Billy Napier.

This isn’t the first time during the current recruiting cycle that Alabama has picked up a commitment from a prized JUCO prospect. The program also landed four-star offensive lineman Elliot Baker (City College of San Francisco) in June as well as fellow four-star inside linebacker Gary Johnson (Dodge City Community College).

Dean makes it commitment No. 16 for Alabama, who added No. 17 shortly after with 2017 offensive tackle Hunter Brannon.

Alabama lands top JUCO CB Jhavonte Dean

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