Marlin Dean: It turns out the night UGA fell to Florida in hoops wasn’t a total loss

3-star DT Marlin Dean shares several stories of note about what it means to him to be a Bulldog.

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry gives a glimpse of what the Bulldogs are getting with recent 2021 commitment Marlin Dean from Elbert County High School in Northeast Georgia. 

Marlin Dean will serve as the 6-foot-6 footnote to Georgia’s loss to rival Florida on the court last week.

The Gators won on March 4 by a 68-54 margin at Stegeman Coliseum, but that event wasn’t a total loss. UGA picked up a 6-foot-6 win in another area inside the arena that night.

That was Dean. The 265-pound defensive line prospect had traveled the 40-odd minutes from the tiny hamlet of Bowman with a commitment on his mind.

“Yes, sir,” Dean told DawgNation. “Because when I came up there I was telling my parents I was going to commit. I knew I was going up there to commit that night. The coaches were all going to be up there.”

Dean did just that in the third quarter of that game.  

He told the staff he was going to be a ‘Dawg that night. The rest of the world had to wait another two days as he put two unique plans in motion.

The first was to get a “clue” edit in mind. He chose the talented graphic artist @HayesFawcett3 for a slick edit of his top schools.

It was a top 1 that came out on the eve of his commitment.

“I was just having fun with it,” Dean said. “I had already committed so I was just having a little fun.”

Some recruits want to keep their decision reveal close to the vest with locked-up encryption on their phones. Zipped-up lip emojis all over the place.

Dean wanted to tell the world.

“So when I posted that I was trying to give it away before I posted the commitment poster,” Dean said. “But not that many people caught on to it so I just didn’t really even say anything until I posted that picture.”

Marlin Dean committed to Georgia defensive line coach Tray Scott in the third quarter of the Georgia-Florida basketball game back on March 4. (Marlin Dean/Twitter)

What UGA is getting with its third 2021 commit

Brad Waggoner is the head coach at Elbert County. He played his high school ball at Landmark Christian and was a linebacker for two seasons at Georgia Tech.

He believes Dean will wind up as a 300-pounder in the SEC as his body develops. That is the logical call. It seems natural when a kid is already 265 pounds as a junior in high school. Especially given his frame.

“He can run as well,” Waggoner said. “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.”

Waggoner brings up the name of a former Bulldog as a means of comparison. The player parallel he had in mind was a former sixth-round draft pick who wound up playing 11 seasons in the NFL.

“I coached Kedric Golston all through high school,” he said. “He went on to play at the University of Georgia. When I first saw Marlin, he made me think about Kedric back when I coached him in high school. Kedric was a little bit bigger from a weight standpoint and a little more explosive but Marlin can definitely run better than Kedric did.”

Marlin Dean just kept calling Georgia “home” over and over when he describes how much he likes the fit in Athens. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)