Profile 2003 - Brian Dennison (RB)

Some people think that Brian Dennison is the best running back in the state of Florida. Dennison, from Jacksonville, averaged 11.9 yards per carry last season as a junior. He has 61 career touchdowns.

Some scouts and coaches think that the number one running back prospect in the state of Florida is Brian Dennison from Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin High School. Last season, he split time with Penn State signee Cedric Taylor. He still rushed for 1,645 yards and 31 scores. Dennison averaged 11.9 yards per carry. Right now, he is 127 yards short of breaking the school career rushing mark. For his career, he has 3,559 yards and 61 touchdowns. And remember, he was never the guy and had to share time with Taylor.

"Brian is the best guy we have ever had here at Mandarin," said Head Coach Richard Burnoski. "He is an average looking guy but he is better than anything we have seen. You can't touch him. Brian has great instincts and lateral movement. He can start and stop and be at full speed in a second. Brian can score from anywhere on the field. Last season, he was runner up to Leon (Washington) for Mr. Football."

According to Dennison, he now has scholarship offers from Florida State, Florida, Miami, South Carolina, Wisonsin, Southern Cal, Syracuse and Michigan State.

Dennison, 5-9 and 194 pounds (Nike Camp height and weight), has not always lived in Jacksonville. He moved from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Florida when he was 11. Despite the move, he has always been a big fan of a certain coach.

"I always liked Bobby Bowden, even when I lived up North," said Dennison. "But when it comes to recruiting, I am wide open between FSU, Florida, Miami, South Carolina and Penn State. The main thing is that I have to find a place where I feel comfortable. I am also looking at academics and I want to find a staff that can really teach me to be a better player."

Dennison hopes to camp this summer at Florida and Miami.

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