Dean signs with Louisiana State

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

Bulldog baseball coach Tim Gillis coached both Dean brothers and said Dakota, who like Blake swings the bat left-handed, compares very favorably to his older brother.

“You can watch them in the (batters) box and see their stance and really see similarities,” Gillis said. “Blake may have more natural power, but Dakota runs better. They are two exceptional hitters.”

Comparisons aside, Gillis said Dakota, who has started since his freshman year, has taken nothing for granted as he has worked toward his goal of playing college baseball.

“He’s been a tireless worker ever since he has been here,” Gillis said. “He’s a no nonsense kind of guy. He doesn’t mess around when he gets to practice.

“He’s a very intense worker and he’s very intense in a game. I tell you, I think the sky is the limit for him at the next level and we are excited to have him for another year.”

Dean said he has been told he will play the middle infield for the Tigers, but he’s not concerned about what position he’ll play when he gets to LSU.

“I can play any position,” he said. I can go out and play middle infield, the outfield, where ever you need me,” he said. “I can run pretty good and I can swing the bat really good.”

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