First-Year Profile: Marlin Dean
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Over the next month, DogWatch will be looking at the Bulldogs’ incoming freshman in a new series called First-Year Profile.
Today we look at Marlin Dean.
Ranking: No. 506 overall, No. 64 defensive lineman and No. 72 player in Georgia per the 247Sports Composite.
Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 275-pounds
Background: The three-star Elbert County native received offers from schools such as Texas A&M, Penn State and Ole Miss before deciding on committing to the Bulldogs in March of 2020. He was the third commitment of the 2020 class at the time. However, he decommitted from UGA in July. Afterward, Nebraska slipped in an offer but Dean could not be lured away. Yet, Dean wound up where he started and committed again to Georgia in September before signing and enrolling in December. Dean played his final year of high school ball at IMG Academy, helping them to an undefeated season and a No.1 ranking nationally. He notched 18 tackles and two sacks as a senior. While Dean was on the Black team during G-Day, DogWatch was unable to find any statistics or note-worthy plays on him.
Potential 2021 Impact: One of the strengths of Georgia’s team in 2021 should be the defensive line. They have an immense amount of talent and experience in the three different line positions. Jordan Davishighlights a unit that also features future stars Jalen Carter and Trayvon Walker as well as super seniors Devontae Wyatt and Julian Rochester. Nazir Stackhouse, Bill Norton and Tramel Walthour also made some contributions in 2020. Plus,
Dean will need to beat out fellow classmates Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins and Johnathan Jefferson, who both came in with a higher 247Sports Composite rating. Dean will need to add some muscle to his frame, and he is expected to play at closer to 300 pounds in college. His 2021 impact seems limited given the talent and depth that UGA already has on the defensive line. However, after this season he could find himself in the rotation if he develops well.
Dean’s Former High School Coach Brag Waggoner:
“He’s very athletic. Very agile. Got great feet. He will run extremely well for a big man. That was the one thing that stood out to me when I got here to Elbert County. He’s raw. He’s got a way yet to improve but at the same time, his ceiling is going to be very, very high. He’s got a long way to improve but the things that he has got for sure is he has great, great feet and he can run.”
Check out the other First-Year Profiles: