DB's rare combination entices coaches

Most football coaches are looking for one of two things from a defensive back: either the ability to cover down the field with speed or the ability to be physical with good tackling ability against the run. Terrance Dennis can offer coaches both, which is why he has drawn attention from a number of Pac 10 and WAC coaches, including some that call Boise home..

Terrance Dennis is being considered by a number of schools as either a safety or corner or both, which suits the Diamond Ranch senior just fine.

The Panthers finished just 2-8 last season, but Dennis still earned all league honors and was an honorable mention All CIF player as a junior. "The recruiting process has gone very well," said Dennis. The senior from Pomona, Ca. has been flooded with text messages, e-mails and phone calls from a variety of coaches.

"It's been extremely busy."

And for good reason. A speedster by any measure, clocking in at 4.47 in the 40, Dennis can run stride for stride with most anyone he lines up against. But what has drawn the most attention from scouts is his ability to impact the game physically.

In eight games, Dennis came up with six sacks from his safety position, forced five fumbles, recovered three and was a tackling machine with a whopping 134 tackles on the season—not quite 17 per game.

At 6-1 and 175, Dennis still has room to add a few extra pounds of muscle as the years go by. Having played basketball his whole life, that combination of athleticism and power has made it hard for scouts to turn their eyes away from the Pomona campus.

Bronco fans will be happy to know that the Southern California senior is strongly considering a trip north to Boise State.

"I have seen the Broncos play and I love their style," Dennis said. "I haven't been to Boise yet, but hopefully I can make it an official visit."

BSU is among the tops on Dennis's list, with Arizona State, UCLA, Nevada, Colorado, and Fresno State rounding out his favorites. "I love that Blue Turf," Dennis assured. "I think I'm ready for my name to be called on it."

Devoted to family, Dennis is perfectly content just hanging out at home with his friends or family. While not busy playing football, he can be found volunteering in a youth basketball league in Cerritos or in attendance at his church, the Bible Enrichment Fellowship in Inglewood.

Hopes are that the Diamond Ranch's defensive gem won't wait long to make a choice.

"If the right school comes along…and I believe I fit in, I will commit early," said Dennis.

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