Quite the kerfuffle was stirred up a year ago when it came to 2015 Ohio State signee Jamel Dean, who was not medically cleared by the OSU medical staff because of a recurring knee injury. Despite the fact that the Buckeyes had offered Dean a medical hardship, which would have allowed him to remain on scholarship, the player’s high school coach ripped the football program for “pushing him out.”
Dean ultimately landed at Auburn, sitting out the 2015 season after the NCAA denied an appeal for a hardship waiver. Eligible to play for the Tigers this year, Dean is in line to win a starting cornerback on The Plains.
That quest has hit a stumbling block, however, as 247sports.com is reporting that the corner will be sidelined indefinitely because of a knee injury. Dean didn’t take part in Saturday’s scrimmage, leading to speculation about his health.
Head coach Gus Malzahn subsequently confirmed the issue, saying that Dean will require surgery that will leave him out for “an extended period of time.”
It’s unknown if this knee injury is in any way related to the knee issue that led him to be medically disqualified by OSU. Dean had been cleared by world-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who is based in Alabama and serves as AU’s team physician.
A four-star member of OSU’s 2015 recruiting class, Dean was rated as the No. 35 cornerback in the country and the No. 55 player at any position in the talent-rich state of Florida by Rivals.com.