Gators become first program to offer 2018 FS Trey Dean


Trey Dean arrived in Gainesville on Friday with a goal in mind.

“The University of Florida has been looking at me and they saw my film, and they wanted me to come down to one of the camps,” Dean said. “So I came down to camp and I said ‘I’m not leaving without an offer.’ So I did what I was supposed to do.”

Dean, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound free safety in the 2018 class from Dutchtown High in Hampton, Georgia, picked up his first Division I scholarship offer.

“It feels great, especially to be from Florida,” Dean said. “I knew it would take a lot of work, and I would put in the work to get the offer.”

Dean said UF defensive coordinator Geoff Collins reached out to him in Spring and said the Gators wanted him to get to campus as soon as he was able.

However, Dean was hardly unfamiliar with Gainesville.

His cousin, safety Ahmad Black, helped lead the Gators to the 2009 BCS National Championship.

Although he didn’t get to see Black play in a game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Dean said he’s been a fan of the Gators his entire life.

The prospect of his younger cousin playing for his alma mater is appealing to Black, too.

“He’s a great kid, on and off the field,” Black wrote in an email about Dean. “He’s no longer just my blood family, but now he has a chance to be a part of my Gator family. Go Gators!”

With nearly two years remaining before his National Signing Day, Dean said he’s not looking to rush into any decision. Although the Gators would be an ideal fit, he wants to take his time and let the process play out.

“My plan for the rest of the Summer is continue to train, continue to focus on doing well in school,” Dean said, “and then more 7v7, and try and get some more offers.

“But I definitely want to get back to Gainesville by the end of Summer.”