How Iowa State landed Easton Dean, a 6’7″ quarterback from rural Kansas

ALTAMONT, Kan. — On Saturday evening, following his second unofficial visit to Ames, Iowa, Easton Dean, a 3-star quarterback in the 2019 class, announced his commitment to the Iowa State Cyclones.

Dean’s recruitment story is typical from an outsider’s perspective — an assistant coach reached out on social media, the school brought him up to hear their sales pitch, they visited him in his hometown and sold him on the program.

But Dean plays his high school ball at Labette County High School, located in Altamont, Kan. The town’s population? A little over 1,000.

Dean, who stands 6’7″ and 220 pounds, is believed to be one of his high school’s first-ever Power 5 commitments, if not the very first.

So how exactly did the Cyclones beat out a pair of Big 12 rivals in the Sunflower State for Dean’s services?

How Dean Became a Division I Prospect

Last fall was the first year Dean had ever been a starting quarterback for Labette County. Yet, with his frame and hype, Dean took the reins quickly.

In his first year under center, he tallied 2,028 yards and 22 touchdowns through the air while adding 455 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.

Labette County had a ticker-tape season, going 9-2 and winning a Southeast Kansas League title. The school also won its first home playoff game in history.

“It was really good to be a part of that team,” Dean said. “We did some really special things that made school history.”

After the season, Sean Price, Dean’s head coach at Labette County, made a concerted effort to push his film to college scouts.

“We wanted to get his highlights together right after the season ended,” Price said. “I knew he was special. I definitely thought he was more than worthy. He’s a great kid and I wasn’t too surprised in the end.”

Iowa State wasn’t the first to reach out

While Dean chose the Cyclones in the end, Iowa State wasn’t the first Big 12 team to reach out to Dean on the recruiting trail.

Dean says Kansas State was the first to make contact.

Collin Klein, a former K-State quarterback and Heisman finalist who’s now the Wildcats’ quarterbacks coach, actually visited Altamont in mid-December.

However, K-State has yet to officially offer Dean.

Iowa State, in fact, was the first Div. I school to offer the small-town quarterback.

“I like the coaches a lot,” Dean said. “They really reached out a lot. They built a strong relationship with me, and I felt like I could continue that relationship over to when I get there.”

Dean says Taylor Mouser, an assistant director of scouting for Iowa State, was the first staff member from Ames to reach out.

Soon, Iowa State brought up Dean for his first unofficial visit in mid-December. While there, he watched the Cyclones’ practice before the Liberty Bowl. After that practice, Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell offered Dean a scholarship.

By mid-January, Campbell was in Altamont to watch Dean play in a basketball game.

Price got the sales pitch from Campbell during that visit.

“They love his throwing motion,” Price said. “He’s not the big, tall kid that has three different hitches. He’s just a fluid athlete. They know he’s intelligent. They were sold into the whole package.”

Dean also received offers from South Dakota and South Dakota State.

The Kansas Jayhawks reportedly showed no interest in Dean.

Dean commits to the Cyclones

Dean, who’s rated as the No. 11 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class, went up to Ames for another unofficial visit with the Cyclones this past weekend, where he took in Iowa State’s upset of Oklahoma on the hardwood.

After that game, Dean committed to Campbell in his office.

“I like the coaches a lot,” Dean said. “They really reached out a lot. They built a strong relationship with me, and I felt like I could continue that relationship over to when I get there.”

According to Dean, he’ll sign his letter of intent the early signing period in December and doesn’t expect to consider backing off his commitment to the Cyclones.

“I’m 100 percent in,” Dean said. “I want to go to Iowa State. Teams can come, but Iowa State is where I want to be.”

The transition from rural Kansas football to the Big 12 is bound to be an eye-opener for Dean. But he expects to handle the challenge.

“I can get ready very fast,” Dean said. “It’ll be the speed of the game — how fast the players are and how much faster the game will go.”

Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt was just awarded a sixth year of eligibility, so Dean should have plenty of time to acclimate to the college game.

The Labette County quarterback also says he is OK with being redshirted.

“That’s ultimately a coach’s decision,” Dean said. “I haven’t talked with them about it or anything. But I’m fine with it.”

Campbell is already on the path to revitalizing the Iowa State program after a breakout year last season. Revivals are often built around diamonds in the rough, and that adage could hold especially true with the Cyclones’ acquisition of Dean to its 2019 recruiting class.

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