Missouri Adds JUCO Defender As Commit #13

The Missouri Tigers have dipped into the Junior College ranks to add some defensive help while picking up their lucky commitment number 13 for the football recruiting class of 2014. ShowMeMizzou.com has the detail on him and his thoughts on being a Tiger.

ShowMeMizzou.com has learned that the Missouri Tigers have received a verbal commitment from 2014 CB prospect Kenya Dennis 6’0” 198 Raymond (MS) Hinds Community College.

Dennis spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about his commitment to Missouri.

“I talked to Coach Ford, and I told him I wanted to commit,” explained Dennis. “I told him I felt like I’d be comfortable (at Missouri). I feel like I’d be at home………………………………………. I had made up my mind where I wanted to go. I knew I wanted to play in the SEC.”

Dennis received a Missouri offer over a month ago. He chose Missouri over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Southern Mississippi, UAB, and Western Kentucky, among others, as well as strong interest from TCU and West Virginia.

He’s a physical defensive back who is strong in man-to-man coverage, and who is a good open-field tackler. He’s been timed at 4.38 seconds in the forty, and he's done 16 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press.

Dennis said that he’s being recruited as a corner, but that he is willing and able to play anywhere in the defensive backfield.

“If they want me to play safety, I can play safety, too,” said Dennis. “I just want to get on the field and make plays.”

Hinds Community College Assistant Coach Dwike Wilson said that he believes the Kenya Dennis' commitment to Missouri is solid.

"He really likes Coach Ford," explained Coach Wilson, talking about Kenya Dennis. "Coach Ford built a good relationship with Kenya. He feels real good with Coach Ford. He's just real comfortable with Coach Ford, and he said that's who he wants to go play for."

Coach Wilson said that Dennis was a qualifier coming out of high school, and that Dennis will graduate in December, and be at Missouri in January.

“He’s a real good ball-player,” said Coach Wilson, talking about Dennis. “He’s a very physical, fast corner. He has a lot of up-side. He’s very productive. He’s a very physical guy…………………………………………….. He’s very versatile. He’d be an awesome nickel back! He’s a very good open-field tackler.”

He is planning an unofficial visit to Missouri in July.

“I think it’s going to be great (to play for Missouri),” continued Dennis. “I really like Missouri!”

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