By his sophomore season, he was being recruited by some of the best college programs in the country.
By his senior season, one could make a compelling argument that Denson's combination of speed and lateral quickness hadn't been seen at the high school level in Tucson since Amphitheater graduate, bronze medal sprinter and NFL All-Pro Michael Bates.
But it's another Tucson high school legend's path that Denson hopes to emulate.
"Everyone in Tucson knew how good Ka'Deem Carey was going to be and his play really put Arizona onto that scene," Denson said. "I want to be my own guy, but add to that."
Carey has talked with Denson about the pressures of living up to the lofty high school standards he has set.
"When we talk he says so many people will come up to you and want you to represent the city," Denson said. "But you can't let all the stuff get to you. At the end of the day you have to go out and just produce."
Denson helped produce maybe the best team in city history this past season.
"This season was absolutely amazing," Denson said. "We had major goals and we accomplished all of them. We knew how good we were and I think we knew if we stayed on the same page we would win big."
And win big they did.
"Winning all those big games against teams in and out of state showed everyone how good we were," Denson said. "We just had way too much on both sides of the line for anybody to match up with."
So while Denson has played on maybe the best high school team in city history, he aims to duplicate that success at the next level.
"I'm coming to Arizona to win big."