Will FL RB Visit PSU?

Coveted Florida running back Brian Dennison has family in Philadelphia. Is he planning to take a visit to State College? Are the Nittany Lions one of several big-time programs that have offered?

Name: Brian Dennison
Position: RB
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 194 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.4
School: Mandarin High School, Jacksonville, Florida

Brian split time in the backfield last year with Cedric Taylor, also an extremely talented back. The duo led Mandarin to an 8-2 record. Cedric was very interested in Penn State but was unable to qualify academically. He will enroll at Butler Community College in Butler, Kansas and hopes to improve his academic standing and play Division I football in the fall of 2003.

Despite sharing rushing duties with Taylor, Dennison still managed to post impressive statistics.  Brian rushed for 1,645 yards and 31 scores as a junior while averging 11.9 yards per carry.  So far, his high school career totals are 3,559 yards and 61 touchdowns.

Dennison claims to very open at this stage of the recruiting process.

"I'm still keeping my options open," Brian said.  "I like everyone that has offered me."

According to his head coach, Richard Burnoski, several big-time programs have already offered Dennison.

"I believe that Florida has offered him now," Burnoski said.  "He just got back from their camp and he was named the MVP.  I got a call from Coach Fedora today saying that 'Brian was the best back at the camp, we really like him and we'll get in touch with you soon'.  I assume they're going to offer him because they were waiting until the camp to see how he performed.

"I don't have the information with me, but I can tell you the ones (offers) that I know for sure.  He's been offered by Wake Forest, FSU, Iowa, Syracuse and Penn State.  He's going up to South Carolina this Saturday.  I'm pretty sure he'll be offered when he goes up there.  Notre Dame said that they are going to offer him on talent.  They have to check his transcripts and see if they can get him in school."

The Nittany Lions actually have an advantage over many other out-of-state teams. Brian grew up in Philaldelphia and still has family there.  He is very interested in Penn State.

"Most definitely," Brian said.  "I'm interested in every school that's looking for a good running back."

"He and Marcus Thomas are the 2 they've offered," said Brunoski.  "Jay Paterno told me on the phone that I'd be getting a letter.  Last year they did the same thing with Chris Anderson.  He called this week, Monday I suppose."

Marcus is a 6'4", 300 pounds defensive tackle.  According to Coach Burnoski, however, Marcus stated that he's going to stay in-state.

Coach Burnoski is confident that Brian will meet NCAA eligibility requirements.

"He has a 2.3 in the core, but he's 2 points short on his ACT right now.  I think he scored a 17 the first time and needs to score a 19 or get his GPA up.  It will come up his senior year.

"We're going to have his 5 visits set before the season starts and we're not changing them once they're set.  That way, we won't have the distractions during the season.

"I'm pretty sure that he's going to take a visit to Penn State," Burnoski added.

May 16 LionNews article on Brian Dennison

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