|40 Speed:||4.87 seconds|
|Hometown/School:||Delran, Nj. (Holy Cross HS)|
Because Penn State signed six offensive linemen with the last class, offensive line is not a priority for this year's class. It seems at this juncture in the recruiting wars, the Nittany Lions have offered just three offensive linemen. With two or three scholarships maximum being allotted for the "hog mollies," the kids they have offered at that position have to be big time players.
Delran, New Jersey's Dennis Landolt fits that description to a tee. Lauded as being a truly gifted offensive lineman athletically, the 6'5'', 275lb tackle ran a 4.87 forty at the Penn State Nike Camp and followed that up with a 4.42 pro-agility time. His athleticism has at least one school, Virginia, looking at him to maybe contribute on the defensive side of the ball.
"I'm just a little bit uncertain about the defense. I'm more of an offensive player," admitted Dennis.
A cavalcade of college coaches agree with Dennis' opinion of himself--15 schools (not including Virginia) have offered him to play somewhere on their offensive line. Dennis has received a written letter stating an offer from West Virginia, Virginia, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Indiana, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Boston College, Michigan State, and Northwestern. He's also received verbal offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Kentucky.
In a recent Insiders.com article, penned just last month, Dennis was almost ready to commit to Virginia. However, two important factors have arisen that halted Landolt from making that pledge--the Cavaliers have just one spot open for an offensive lineman with the recent verbal of Eugene Monroe and more importantly he took an unofficial visit to Penn State. The Nittany Lions are Dennis' favorite right now. Virginia and West Virginia round out his top three.
Dennis' last visit to Penn State was his third; he attended camp there last summer and also made his way up for both the Nike Camp in May and the Junior Day that was held the day before.
What was his unofficial visit to Penn State like last week?
"Coach (Ron) Vanderlinden took us around, showed us the whole facility and showed us around town. I got to meet Coach (Joe) Paterno. It was a really nice visit. I really liked it out there."
"I really liked all their facilities. They were the best that I've seen," admitted Dennis. "The whole football building, the stadium is awesome, and of course the weight room is great. Everything is real top shelf."
What did he and Coach Paterno talk about?
"We just talked about things to do with football," explained Dennis, who had the opportunity to operate one-on-one with another Penn State coach, whom he liked. "I got to work with Coach Kenney last year at the camp so I got to know him a little bit. I like the way he coaches."
While the Nittany Lions have assumed the lead from the Cavaliers, Dennis is not publicly saying that he will commit soon.
In fact at the end of this month, Dennis will make a midwest swing, camping at Notre Dame for one day before he heads north to check out Michigan State and then south to see Northwestern. He also will make a trip to see Syracuse sometime in the next month or so.
What qualifications will Landolt look for in the school that he chooses?
"[I want to see] if it's good academically and if I fit well into the program--if I like the coaches and stuff," explained Dennis, who said that his parents have no preference at this point as long as the educational value fits his needs. To them location is less important than education, but they do not want him to stray too far from home.
Will Dennis be waiting until February to make his decision or does he still have his eye on wrapping up his recruiting process early?
"I don't know. I'm thinking maybe end of the summer, but I don't know. I think I'm going to make these trips later on in the month so that I'll be able to get a better idea."
(Interview by Steve Curry)