Northern Back Promises To Bring The Heat

This big running back talks about his recruiting and what he likes about the Auburn Tigers.

New York City, N.Y.--When you talk about Auburn football recruiting, normally players from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi and other southeastern states are where most Tiger recruits come from. It is not a regular occurence for the Tigers to find prospects in New York City, but that is the case with running back Dennis Void.

A 6-1, 208-pounder with 4.45 speed in the 40-yard dash, Void played in just four games at Bridgeton (Maine) Academy in 2002 because of a separated shoulder, but managed to rush for 723 yards and 12 touchdowns. New York's Mr. Football for 2001 while playing at Mt. Saint Michael's Academy, he rushed for 1,985 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns as a senior. He also excels on the track and has a personal-best time of 10.59 seconds in the 100 meter dash.

The reason this big back from The Bronx has just gotten on the radar for Auburn is that for two years he has been working towards becoming academically qualified. After attending prep school and not getting the required numbers, he went back home this fall and the move paid off. Now ready to go academically, he has become one of the more interesting prospects who is a potential 2004 signee for the Tigers.

"A lot of schools starting backing off me towards December because they thought I was a liability more than an asset," Void tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They didn't think I was going to pass the (SAT) test. The offers were still there, but I didn't hear from them any more expect for Alabama briefly, Wyoming and a few others. They called me, but not as much as they did in September and October."

Because of that Void enlisted the help of his former high school coach. Feeling unwanted and not sure of what he would do, the speedy back finally got the attention he was looking for from an unlikely source.

"I talked to my coach and told him I needed a home," Void says. "He sent my tape down to Auburn because he met Coach Tuberville (Tommy Tuberville) when he was at Miami. He sent my tape down there and Coach Gran (Eddie Gran) called me back and told me they had a scholarship offer for me to play tailback.

"I told them my style of running fits Auburn perfectly," he adds. "I run like Cadillac and Ronnie. I'm a tough runner, I'm a big guy and I'm fast. We just took it from there. Now schools are coming back on the radar like Alabama because I passed the test, but I like the situation at Auburn."

A verbal commitment to Wyoming back in the spring, Void has since backed off that and visited Alabama in November on an official visit. Born in South Carolina, the tailback has some familiarity with both the Tigers and Crimson Tide, but says in the end that it was just a coincidence that those became his two favorites this time around.

"I always wanted to play football down South," he says. "I'm such an attraction here because I'm like a southern football player playing up North. I play that type of football. I don't have any particular ties to the state of Alabama, but I guess those two just saw my style and wanted me to play football for them."

Auburn will have its shot to show Void what the Tigers have to offer when he visits this weekend for what will likely be his final visit before making a decision. While Alabama is still in the running Void says, the Tigers are the team to beat as he prepares to trip to the Plains.

"I'm more of an Auburn lean than Alabama right now," says Void, who notes that he enjoys watching the Tigers play on television and likes what he has seen of the Tigers' offensive line. "I am high Auburn lean more than anything else."

As a tailback, Void notes that he really enjoyed watching Brandon Johnson clearing running lanes for the tailbacks. "Number 45 can block his ass off," Void says. "They are a tough team. To be a running back at Auburn you have to bring the heat. I bring that heat so I'll fit there perfect. That's what I love about them. They run the ball hard and their coach rotates backs. You can get the job done there."

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