Jordan Dennis was a big part last season in helping Fayetteville win its second straight state title, but knows he has to take on an expanded role this season.
That's because three Purple Bulldogs – quarterback Austin Allen, linebacker Brooks Ellis and safety Alex Brignoni – will all be playing at Arkansas next season and a few other senior leaders will graduate later this month.
"We know that everybody is going to be coming after us, but we are not worried and just going to try and step up and meet the next challenge," Dennis said. "We started (spring) practice this week and are just trying to get everybody in the right spot. I am just trying to be a leader because I know more is going to be expected from me."
Dennis (6-2, 170) caught 64 passes for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns last season while also shining at cornerback, where he had 32 tackles, four interceptions (one returned foa touchdown in the state championship game) and three pass break ups.
He says its cornerback where he is getting most of his recruiting attention at presently.
"I have heard from Arkansas and some other schools such as Michigan and New Mexico State," Dennis said. "(Fayetteville head) Coach (Daryl) Patton said there are a lot of schools calling and checking up on me."
Dennis was one of the prospects on hand for Arkansas Red-White game on April 20 where former Fayetteville High quarterback Brandon Allen led the winning team.
"I really like the new coaches and what they are trying to do in getting the program going," Dennis said. "I think Brandon Allen looked really good and he is going to have a big year."
Dennis will spend the spring and summer playing 7-on-7 and going to camps, such as Arkansas one on June 9-11.
"I am hoping that I can go to Arkansas' camp and show the new coaches that I can be a cornerback for them," Dennis said. "I also want to get out to a camp in California and do whatever I can to get my name out there."
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