Bloomington –Jack Denton isn't just the other talented junior on Zionsville's football roster – he has a chance to be a coveted recruit in his own right this summer.
While the player on Zionsville's roster that everyone knows is defensive end Blake Lueders, everyone figures to soon become more familiar with the 6-2, 235-pound Denton as well. A versatile athlete who played fullback, running back, linebacker and even a little slot receiver last season, Denton is also being invited to make the Junior Day rounds this winter.
Denton's been to Ball State and was on Bloomington's campus last weekend along with Lueders. This weekend he's headed up to Purdue for a look at the Boilermaker program.
"It's awesome – I'm loving every minute of it," Denton said.
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During his day in Bloomington Denton had an opportunity to not only go to IU's basketball game against Minnesota, but also to tour the facilities and meet with the Hoosier coaching staff. While it was a short stay in town, it did make an impression.
"It was a lot of fun and a good session that we had," Denton said. "The new addition to the stadium is huge. The weight room is going to be the biggest weight room I've ever seen by the time it's done."
Denton's biggest contribution on his high school team has been as a fullback, where he rushed for 271 yards and four touchdowns while also ranking second on the team in receptions and receiving yards. But when it comes to college he has the size, tools and desire to play linebacker.
"I'm an athlete, so where you put me I feel like I'm going to excel at it and strive to be the very best," Denton said. "But I'd prefer to play linebacker."
At 6-2 and 235 pounds, Denton clearly has the size to play linebacker at the next level. He combines that size with a 4.2 clocking in the pro agility drill and a 4.62 in the 40, suggesting he can be a sideline-to-sideline sort of linebacker if that is in fact where he winds up.
There's also something to be said for a player who has the versatility to play multiples positions, and that's clearly one of the things that appeals to the three state schools that have all already expressed some level of interest.
"I think Indiana is recruiting me because of the fact I'm big, fast and have good hands and I'm a good athlete," Denton said.
Denton has yet to receive any scholarship offers, but figures they will start coming in once schools become more familiar with him. While his teammate Lueders has been actively involved with recruiting for some time now, Denton is just now getting things started on that front.
"I feel like I'm just as good of an athlete as Blake, and I'm just getting started (with recruiting)," Denton said.
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