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Early Signing Period 2017: S Trey Dean signs with Florida Gators

The Gators are loading up at safety.

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The Florida Gators had already reeled in one major new commitment on Wednesday as part of the early signing period, to go with a slew of signings.

Now that number is at two, thanks to the commitment of Georgia safety Trey Dean, who made his choice at a commitment ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

Dean’s signing took a few minutes to be announced Florida’s official Twitter accounts — as opposed to that of newly committed and signed quarterback Emory Jones, which was announced mere seconds after his public commitment.

Dean is expected to enroll in January.

A four-star safety per both the 247Sports Composite and 247Sports itself, Dean possesses great height for the position at 6’2”, though he may be a little light for it at 180 pounds. He also uses that size well in his highlights, high-pointing passes and playing physically in run support.

Dean is also the fourth safety set to sign with the Gators during the 2017 early signing period, joining fellow safeties John Huggins, Amari Burney, and Randy Russell. While it’s somewhat unlikely that all three will play safety together in Florida’s secondary, they could slot into various defensive back roles as they develop at the school they all call DBU.

Dean is Florida’s 13th signee of the early signing period. He is one of 15 players presently committed to Florida’s 2018 recruiting class, which is currently ranked No. 17 by the 247Sports Composite rankings — but could rise with Dean’s commitment.