"Things are going really good," Dennis said. "We have been in practice for a while now."
The 6-foot-3 and 270 pound lineman with 4.6/40 speed was actually still trying to work on his quickness despite pretty good speed for a man his size. "My summer went real good. I was working on my quickness. I just want to get my speed down."
It's that size/speed combination that makes Dennis so valuable. He is playing end at Compton, but admits that a move inside wouldn't bother him.
"I am going to play end at Compton, but it doesn't really matter to me where I play in division one. I will be playing the 5. I could make the transition inside to play the three in division one. I know that."
Recruiting is just starting to take off a little for Dennis. He recently heard from one of the in-state schools where he played high school ball. He has also been getting some other attention, but no offers yet.
"Recruiting is going alright. I haven't gotten anything from Nebraska. I have been getting some things from some other schools though. I just got a call from Florida. I have also been hearing from Nevada and Ole Miss. Just a few schools. I don't have any offers yet though."
Breaking down Dennis is pretty easy, it's his speed. He attributes his speed to playing on the other side of the ball in high school. "My quickness is my biggest strength. I am quick to shoot my gap and then my penetration. It's really my first step and I got that from playing a lot of offense back in high school."
That quickness to get into the gap allows him to cover his responsibilities, but he can get penetration with that quickness to get after the quarterback as well as stop the run. "I can do both well. If I had to choose though I would say that I am a little better about getting after the quarterback."
When it comes to making a choice on a four year school, Dennis will be looking at some key things. "First of all I will be looking at the program itself. I will also be looking to see if they have my major. I'd like to meet the coaching staff too."
A factor that won't matter to Dennis is who is already at that position at any school. He knows that no matter what he will have to compete. "I am not really worried about the depth chart. I believe that if they want to recruit me that they want to play me. I am going to have to compete anyway."
A school that Dennis has a lot of interest in is Nebraska. The reason has everything to do with how well thought of the defense is. "I know that they love their defense at Nebraska. They love their Blackshirts and I would love to be a part of that."
Dennis has been getting an "inside look" at Nebraska through the eyes and experiences of a current player there. "I have been talking to Brandon Johnson a lot lately. He's been telling me about his practices. I would just like to get out there and check it out."
Out of high school, Dennis just basically fell through the recruiting cracks after an injury his junior year and a position change. He was a qualifier out of high school, but to gain division one interest went the junior college route.
"I graduated high school in 2005. I came here from Lakeland (Flor.). I was a qualifier out of high school, but just wasn't heavily recruited."
"My junior year I played tailback and I got hurt. I tore my ACL my junior year. So I gained a few pounds and they moved me to defense my senior year. I just wasn't heavily recruited at that spot."
Besides a player that could go to the 3 or the 5, Dennis will be available to transfer for the spring semester. "I am set to graduate this December. I played two years here at Compton C.C., so I will have three to play two in division one."