New York back could migrate South

Tide fans remember Derrick Lassic ('89-'92) fondly, as Bama's last talented running back out of New York state. Dennis Void, from the Bronx, could become the second.

Selected as the 2001 Mr. New York High School Football, Dennis Void (6-0, 212) spent last season at Bridgton Prep Academy in Maine. He narrowly missed qualifying that year and chose to attend prep school to gain full eligibility.

Originally from Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx, New York, Void totally destroyed every defense that stood in his way in high school. "I can run past you or, if you get in my way, I will run over you," Void told in a recent interview.

Once timed as fast as 4.39 in the 40-yard dash, Void has track credentials. He's been timed at 10.59 in the 100 meters and 21.52 in the 200.

Already eligible and available to sign, Void plans to enter school in the spring semester at either Alabama (his big leader), Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Vanderbilt or Wyoming.

"I love the way Alabama uses their tailback," Void said in talking about his leader.

Void ran for 1,101 yards and 16 touchdowns as a high school junior and followed that his senior year with 1,389 yards and 21 TDs. In his only season of prep school football, Void posted 723 yards and 12 touchdowns in just four games.

His prep school coach, Rick Marcella, describes Void as a combination of Ricky Williams and Clinton Portis.

Void has been watching Alabama games on television, and he likes what he's seen from the Tide offense and current Tide tailback Shaud Williams. "Shaud is small, but he is a great player," Void said. "I feel like I have the potential to be better even than Shaud. I feel like I can see playing time early."

Void says he has "lots of family" in South Carolina, so moving from the Northeast to the South would not be a problem. In addition to Alabama, Void reports scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Nebraska, Purdue, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Hawaii. But there is no question that he should be considered a strong lean to the Tide.

The athletic bloodlines are clear. His cousin, Jerod Void, is the starting tailback for Purdue. Recently Jerod scored four touchdowns against Illinois.

Void bench presses 330 pounds, squats 450, power cleans 280 and deadlifts 490. He sports a 34-inch vertical jump. Since his year at prep school, Void says he is fully qualified.

Interestingly, one of Void's prep school games was against Dartmouth University. Tide Head Coach Mike Shula's nephew (former Cincinnati Bengal Coach David Shula's son) plays for the Big Green.

Void confirmed to that he has a firm scholarship offer from Alabama. He will take his official visit to the Alabama campus on November 15, for the LSU game. If all goes well on both sides, a quick commitment could follow with Void entering school the following January.

RECRUITING NOTES: With the graduation of Shaud Williams, Alabama will need a big-play tailback next season.

Since Void's last games were during 2002 at Bridgton Academy, he's been out of football longer than most recruits. It's logical that Alabama will check him out carefully with both parties pointing toward Void's official visit and the chance for everyone to meet in person.

Bama is expected to sign at least two and maybe three running backs this year. More could be signed that are listed at running back, with the assumption that some athletes would be used at other positions.

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