June 5, 2009

Ohio OL looking at State

The State of Ohio is loaded with quality offensive line recruits this year and the Michigan State Spartans are after several of them. One of the top tackle prospects in The Buckeye State is Michael Dennis of Carey High School. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-7, 270-pound prospect last night and got the latest on his recruitment.

Carey has been flying under the radar of some of the national recruiting services, but that could change quickly this summer. Carey already has a solid list of scholarships that includes schools like Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland and North Carolina State. In all, Dennis has 10 scholarship offers when you factor in the MAC schools.

Several other BCS schools are recruiting Dennis and he will be making the rounds this month looking to pick up some more scholarship offers.

"I am going to go to a lot of camps this month," Dennis said. "I will be at Indian next week and then I will be going to Michigan State. I also will be going to Ohio State, Cincinnati, Purdue and Illinois."

All of the schools have been in contact with Dennis and want him at camp. One of the reasons so many schools want to have him on campus is that Dennis actually plays a different position for his high school team than the one he projects at in college.

"I play tight end and defensive end for my high school team. All of the schools like me as a tackle, it doesn't matter which side."

In addition to those positions, Dennis also serves as the teams long-snapper. That skill is something that could improve hi stock with many teams. Several schools are even willing to put players that all they do is long-snap on scholarship. If a regular position player can do the job, you can kill two birds with one stone.

Carey High School is classified as a Division VI team according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Division VI school is a small school classification and is comprised of the schools that have less that 124 boys enrolled in grades 9-11. That factor is also one of the reasons why some schools want to see him workout in person.

Michigan State will have an impressive group of prospect at their camp and Dennis will get an opportunity to test his skills against several other BCS level prospects.

One of the things that makes Dennis such an interesting prospect is that he is a very good athlete for someone his size. In addition to football, Dennis also excels on the hardwood. This past fall he averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game.

"I play center for the basketball team," Dennis said. "We had a good season we end up 16-6. I scored my 1000th point."

With a solid list of offers and heavy interest from several other BCS schools, SpartanMag.com asked Dennis if he has any favorites.

"I am still waiting to decide on that," he said. "I am going to try and make my decision before my senior year. However, that may depend on the results at the 1-day camps."

Dennis informed SpartanMag.com that his primary recruiter from Michigan State is Offensive Coordinator Don Treadwell. The visit to East Lansing later this month will be his first time at Michigan State University.

Spartanmag.com will be following up with Dennis after he hits Michigan State and attends the other camps. By the end of June it is likely that Dennis will have a short list of schools he is seriously considering and a decision could come before he starts practice in August.

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