Quintaz Struble's signing with Arkansas State brings closure for family of Mandrell Dean

BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Modified: February 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm •  Published: February 1, 2012

One of Patterson's first orders of business after taking the Arkansas State job was offering Quintaz Struble a scholarship.

“When he got the job, he immediately headed over here because he remembered Quintaz from the state championship game his junior year,” said Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert.

Patterson was surprised by Struble's lack of offers.

Struble took an official visit to Arkansas State last weekend and committed before he came back home.

“They made me a priority, and that touched me,” Struble said. “I'm excited to be a Red Wolf.”

Struble signed his letter of intent Wednesday surrounded by family and friends. Among them was Curtis DeShazer, one of Mandrell Dean's closest friends and former teammates at Millwood.

“Hopefully Quintaz can pick up his dad's dream,” DeShazer said.

“(Mandrell Dean) really was a good dude. He hadn't accomplished what he wanted, and he was impatient. He took the wrong road and made some bad judgments.”

Quintaz Struble imagined after the ceremony what Wednesday might have been like if his dad was there.

“Me and him would've probably embraced several times and cried,” Quintaz Struble said. “It would have been a very emotional day.”

For Loyce Dean, it was anyway.

“This is one of the happiest days I've had in years,” she said. “It erased a lot, and I feel like a better person.”

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