June 20, 2009
Dennis on Ohio State's radar
They say you can never have too many good offensive linemen, which could be the reason Ohio State has been recruiting that position pretty hard, especially within the borders of Ohio.
Ohio State already has one commitment from perhaps the best offensive lineman in the state from Cincinnati (Ohio) Anderson's Andrew Norwell, but that doesn't mean the Buckeyes are done hunting the state for talent in the offensive trenches.
One offensive lineman that has recently been on the Buckeyes' radar is Carey (Ohio) Carey high school's Michael Dennis, who participated at Ohio State's recent Senior Advanced Camp in Columbus and did quite well.
"The camp went really well," said the 6-foot-7, 260-pound offensive tackle. "I was participating really well and I felt that I was one of the best offensive linemen there."
Dennis has made a good enough impression on the field and through his recruiting process to stack up a pretty impressive offer list to date, which includes schools such as Michigan State, Maryland, N.C. State, Indiana, and a handful of MAC schools.
With the impressive offer list, Dennis is really enjoying the process, especially because more offers could be coming his way in the immediate future.
"Everything is going really well," Dennis said. "It has been cool to get to places, meet all the coaches, and see how they coach and run their practices and all that stuff. Actually getting into meetings and sitting down and talking with them is really exciting."
One of the highlights of Dennis' recruiting process was participating at a camp at Ohio State, especially because he was one of the linemen that stole the show in front of the Buckeye coaching staff.
"It was just very exciting," Dennis said. "It was really cool to be able to work with the coaches at Ohio State. I got some pointers from Coach (Jim Bollman) with my blocking run blocking, pass blocking, and footwork. It was just a great experience for me."
Dennis would particularly excited about working with Bollman during the drills but was also excited about the fact that he got to have a little conversation with the Buckeye coach following the drills.
"I talked to him after and that was really cool and very exciting," Dennis said. "He was telling me that if I had an interest in being an Ohio State Buckeye to be patient and give them time because they have a lot of offers to out of state kids. He said after all their camps are done they are going to get back to me and if they really like me I could possibly get an offer from them."
Growing up in Ohio, Dennis has always been a fan of Ohio State and he said grabbing an offer from the Buckeyes would be a dream come true for him.
"It would be great to get an offer from them," Dennis said. "I am an Ohio State fan and I have always dreamed about being a Buckeye."
Right now, Dennis has some other schools atop of his list, which includes Michigan State and Indiana, but he said if the Buckeyes were to come through with an offer that would put them "No. 1."
Dennis treated participating in the camp as an opportunity to become more familiar with the Ohio State campus and really liked what he saw.
"It is a very nice campus," Dennis said. "Everything about it is just so nice."
Dennis doesn't play offensive tackle at his high school, but rather tight end and defensive end despite projecting as an offensive tackle at the next level. Even so, Dennis said it isn't a big deal to convert.
"In my high school's offense I am just considered another tackle on the line so it really isn't that big of a difference," Dennis said. "The biggest thing that I need to work on is my pass blocking."
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