Michael Dennis Shines At Buckeye Camp

Carey, Ohio, offensive lineman Michael Dennis has quietly put together a solid offer list and it continues to grow. Dennis also turned heads last Sunday with a great performance at Ohio State's senior camp. Bill Greene has the latest on where things stand between Dennis and the Buckeyes.

In a year where Ohio State is looking to recruit several offensive linemen, it appears a new name has hit the radar in Carey, Ohio, star Michael Dennis.

Dennis, 6-7 and 270 pounds, had a great performance at Ohio State's senior camp last week and the Buckeye staff has taken notice.

"I felt I did really well at Ohio State," Dennis said of his performance. "I benched 17 reps at 225 pounds and I did really well in all the pass blocking drills. I was pretty happy with how I did last Sunday."

Ohio State offensive line coach Jim Bollman noticed the big man's talent and the two of them spoke after camp.

"Coach Bollman talked to me after camp and said I had a good day out there," he continued. "He asked if I had any interest in being a Buckeye. When I told him that I definitely was interested, he told me to be patient. He said they have offered a lot of out of state linemen. He said if some of those don't commit then possibly they would be offering me. I really like Ohio State a lot and I would love to get an offer from them."

Dennis has collected over ten scholarship offers and it seems that more are on the way.

"Recruiting has gone great so far," he admitted. "I have offers from Iowa State, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina State, Marshall and most of the Ohio MAC schools. The distance from home doesn't bother me at all. I'm just looking for the right school."

He also commented on some of the schools that have sent written offers.

"I like Maryland because they play in the ACC and they're a great program," Dennis said. "Iowa State was my first offer and I was excited to get offered by one of the best conferences in America. Coach [Nick] Caley and I have a good relationship with him and I feel comfortable with him. North Carolina State is another great program and I want to learn more about them. Akron is my favorite MAC school and I like Coach [Brian] Callahan a lot. I've visited Akron and I like the new stadium and their facilities."

Dennis, being recruited as a tackle, is not a household name currently, but he is attracting a tremendous amount of recruiting attention. The attention has come as a surprise to him.

"It's been really surprising to me," he stated. "I never expected a kid from a small-town school like Carey to get scholarship offers from all these great schools. It has been pretty overwhelming for me. I'd like to make my decision before my senior season, but I'm willing to wait and make the right decision. I don't have a favorite list and I'm considering everybody."

At press time it was learned that Carey had just received an offer from Michigan State. We will continue to track the progress of this exciting prospect in the coming months.

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