Jamel Dean Is No. 2 For 2015

By Jeremy Birmingham on December 1, 2013 at 9:46p
Jamel Dean

When he visited Ohio State over the summer for Friday Night Lights, Jamel Dean was not shy in his praise of Ohio State. He quickly named the Buckeyes the leader in his recruitment and made it known that it was the school he wanted to commit to. He saw Ohio State as a launching point for his career and realized quickly that good football can be played anywhere you take it, not just in the south. Today, he ended his recruitment when he called the Buckeyes and made a verbal pledge to join Ohio State's 2015 class, joining Canton McKinley's Eric Glover-Williams

"I'm most likely leaving Florida. They play NFL football in Ohio, New England and Wisconsin," he told Eleven Warriors in July. "I know most people want to say in Florida because of the weather, but I like doing new things so I don't mind leaving Florida."

A 247Sports.com composite four-star talent and the 16th-ranked cornerback in the country, Dean fits the mold of the "bigger" cornerbacks sought by Buckeye defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs. He's 6-foot-1 and a solid 180-pounds, but runs a reported 4.42-forty yard dash and will bring the Buckeyes a commitment from Florida in 2015 after striking out in the Sunshine State in 2014.

The Jamel Dean File

  • Size: 6-1/180
  • Pos: DB
  • School: Cocoa (Cocoa, FL)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★★
  • Composite Rank: 16 (CB)

In July, Dean told 11W about the reasons Ohio State stood out to him, but he also said he'd be waiting a while to decide, only the latter has changed.

"I like the environment around campus and the coaching staff. They make sure their players will perform at their full potential every single rep, helping them get better for the team's sake. I like their coaching style too, they are intense."

Today, Dean says it's about comfort with the Buckeyes that led to the decision. Comfort in their defensive scheme, comfort with the coaching staff and comfort at the school.

"I feel like I fit in at Ohio State," Dean said after his commitment. "I've talked with (Buckeye coach) Tim Hinton once a week, every week since the summer visit. I've talked to Coach Meyer a few times as well, I just feel comfortable. After I went to the Penn State game and saw how the atmosphere really was. I was like 'I can see myself playing on this team and playing in front of thousands of fans. Coach Meyer told me congratulations and that he was going to come down to Florida to see me after the holidays to get know my family and me a bit better. This is the best feeling ever, knowing I am going to be where I want to be."

Dean visited Florida this past weekend as the Gators took on Florida State. He currently has scholarship offers from the Gators, Miami (Fl.), Temple and Mississippi State as well as the Buckeyes. He's heard from other schools, but hasn't put much stock in them because he says he knew where he wanted to be.

"Coaches from USC, Nebraska, and Pitt have been talking to me on Facebook," he said of the schools attempting to reach out to him. "But I've not done much in the way of recruiting because I knew from the summer where I wanted to go. Florida was nice, but it's not like Ohio State."

You can see highlights of the newest Buckeye commitment, Cocoa, Florida's Jamel Dean, here. 


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Knarcisi's picture

Ooh, win over scUM, long awaited #2 in the BCS, and now a gray box. Bonus!

TilstheHun3's picture

Amazing weekend!!!

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

GABuckeye's picture

This is the greatest GIF ever!  Who would downvote minions?!?!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Yes, I definitely agree!  Time to celebrate!!  Welcome to Buckeye Nation Jamel!
Go Bucks!!


BenedictineBuck's picture

Because we couldn't go for three!!!

Northbrook's picture

Could those doing the down votes please explain?

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Jamel! Congratulations!

thekornidentity's picture

Great news!

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

bergy22's picture

Could have used him in pass coverage yesterday.
Just kidding, too soon.

Sin City Buckeye's picture

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stevebelliseeya's picture

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

gumtape's picture

This is the grey box we were looking for!

High and tight boo boo

Codeezy's picture

This kid is a gamer. Great addition, welcome! Let's take care of business in Indy now and make this the start of a dynasty. 

KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

Dublin68's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation....big surprise for Sunday Night...I like Jamel already....

Seattle Linga's picture

The best way to wrap the weekend - great decision young man - welcome aboard!

KingsRite's picture

What a weekend this has been and a nice capper!

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

Baroclinicity's picture

Woohoo!  Welcome aboard young Buckeye!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

brandonbauer87's picture

Beautiful. A gray box of the unexpected variety. 

AngryWoody's picture

Man, this has been the best football weekend in a looooooooooooooong time.

Our Honor Defend!

Hovenaut's picture

Welcome aboard, Jamel Dean!!

Great news!

nrbuckguy's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Jamel!

In Urban We Trust

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

This time it really is Urban's fault.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

BlockO's picture


"faith seeking understanding” (fides quaerens intellectum)

edr4225's picture

Glad your a Buckeye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lets go bucks!!

36buck's picture

great job birm.  great pickup for us.
now whose next in '15?

Jack Burton's picture

It's all in the reflexes - Me

Seattle Linga's picture

Getting Jiggy With it !

SilverState's picture

"Florida was nice, but it's not like Ohio State."

biggy84's picture

Welcome to the family!!

Jordan Wagner's picture

I saw Jamel Dean at Friday Night Light's camp. He was one of the top performers. Impressive all-around. 

Seattle Linga's picture

I know that D Webb is a year older but could the two of them be the leaders of the NO FLY ZONE in a couple of years?

Squirrel Master's picture

I actually think it could be the tandem of EGW and Jamel. There is no guarantee that EGW will be offense.
The prospects at corner are getting good. Nothing against Roby and Grant but these guys who are freshman this year and the incoming are going to solidify that group extremely well.
the names...
Cam Burrows - I thought had a hell of a game against Indy filling in for Grant.
Gareon Conley - he will probably complete his redshirt this year but he could have easily played some downs.
Eli Apple - struggled but the talent is there if he can just get his confidence up. Probably some muscle.
Damon Webb - lock down corner already! I could easily see him getting PT next year.
Malik Hooker - looking like he will be competing at corner now too. FYI, 6'2'' and pretty fast.
Eric Glover-Williams - can either go receiver or corner. By the time he shows up, he might just be the two way guy and just filling out where ever he is needed.
Jamel - big corner. keep em coming!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

chicago12's picture

wow..that's great. Welcome aboard!

tdible2132's picture

From everything I've gathered on this kid, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he ends up a consensus top 100 recruit nationally by the time NSD 15 rolls around.  Heck he's already pretty close and seems to be gaining steam on the trail.
Great pick-up and Go Bucks!!!

Youngbuck85's picture

Welcome to the dynasty

tdible2132's picture

Next up, Jerome Baker?

idotter81's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye family, Jamel! We're excited to have you aboard! 

GoBucksOSU's picture

Could this weekend get any better?

sivaDavis's picture

Sunshine state invasion!

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

Nkohl13's picture

This may possibly be the best GIF I have ever seen. LMAO

cinserious's picture

The fact that [Phillips.449] is older and not in the greatest shape makes it all the more impressive.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Phillips.449's picture

You should have seen me before I started treadmill twerking!

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Yeti's have feelings too.

NYCBuckeye's picture

Refreshing to see a recruit with the foresight to know that the highest level of Football is played in the cold, in the heart of winter. Gotta embrace playing in the cold early!

ih8rolltyde's picture

Awesome, awesome news. All you calling for Coombs head.........
I have so many awful things to say, but I will not.
High Road
Damn it feels good to be a Buckeye

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

Basso Profondo's picture

Fantastic News! Welcome to Buckeye Nation Jamel!

jayt's picture

Welcome to the family Jamel!

Dream '15 baby!

Lawver_5's picture

After watching his highlights it was very obviously that this kid can fly. At the end he comes from like 20 yards behind to track a reciever from the opposite side down! I love seeing the speed we are bringing in every year now.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I kept reading this as "James Dean Is No. 2 For 2015"

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Seattle Linga's picture

I can't gif ..........so I'm saying this Gray Box won't be complete until I see the dancing cameramen

Crimson's picture

Welcome aboard!

Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks for making my day Crimson +1

Nick's picture

Welcome Jamel Dean!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Hey Gray box! We missed you!

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Grande Gustavo's picture

Control our own destiny, win another round of The Game, AND Gray Box Sunday? I must still be in a turkey coma cause all my dreams are coming true!

The answer may not be at the bottom of a bottle, but it never hurts to check. 

sharks's picture

I'm breaking out these bros for every commit here on out.

A man got to have a code...

rkylet83's picture

Watch his track highlights.  This kid can fly!

KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

zbd's picture

I'm sure he is better than his "highlight" videos which were not impressive. The OSU defense has been the weakest part of the team. He is needed now.

MN Buckeye's picture

Welcome, Mr. Dean! You are a very intelligent young man.

lsjSnail's picture

Put him in NOW 

Silverbuck8's picture

Cant be said enough, what a way to cap off a great weekend.

cinserious's picture

Just as Urban is stockpiling 'athletes' on offense (who will play WR or the hybrid role), he is also stockpiling 'athletes' to play DB as well! To name a few CBs we got Gareon Conley ('13), Lattimore ('14), Jamel Dean ('15). That's not even including the safety's coming in too!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Goalscorer9's picture

ummmm....did I miss lattimore committing?

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Yep. You have to have 2,100 helmet stickers to see that Gray Box.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

WhySoSerious's picture

2 for 2 and welcome young man. 


Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

Buckabroad's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Jamel. We are very happy to have you with us. I think you are going to have an eventful and successful time at OSU!

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

UABuckeye's picture

Damn we gotta alotta good corners. Tall guys too. Isn't Armani the only one under 6ft tall? 

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WezBuck28's picture

Welcome aboard son, great to have you and your desire to be a buckeye on board! Great things are happening here!

TMac's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Jamel!

ONE Not Done!

gobucks96's picture

Big time secondary player, with the speed that we continue to add... 

Edincostarica's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Jamel.  We're PROUD you have decided to come on board.


kareemabduljacobb's picture

Yessir! Urban will win the title 14-15 season. Unfortunately they lose to MSU in the B1G championship. Sorry. It's true. I'm from the future.