Dean signs with Louisiana State

Dakota Dean

Crestview shortstop Dakota Dean gives a thumbs up after signing baseball scholarship papers to Louisiana State as his family and coaches look on Friday in the Crestview High School media center.

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 03:22 PM.

CRESTVIEW — It has been more than a year since Crestview shortstop Dakota Dean committed to play college baseball at Louisiana State University. Dean made the commitment official Friday when he signed his national letter of intent to play for the Tigers, a powerhouse in the Southeastern Conference.

Dean follows in the footsteps of his older brother, Blake, a 2006 Crestview graduate, who earned All-America honors in 2008 and was a part of LSU’s national championship team in 2009.

Dean said the familiarity he had with the Tiger program went a long way in helping him make his decision.

“It feels good to go ahead and get it over with and to finally get it done,” he said. “I’ve been there a lot while I was growing up and I got to see how they work. And I’ve seen their fans and everything.”

Dean said he is used to the comparisons between and his brother and he isn’t worried about those comparisons continuing as he moves on to college.

“I’ve been compared to Blake since I was little,” he said, “but he’s Blake and I’m Dakota so at the end of the day it doesn’t bother me.”

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