Six Standing Out to Four-star OL Denman

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- One of the headliners of the New Level Athletics Badger Sport Elite Linemen Challenge was four-star offensive tackle J.J. Denman. The Pennsbury High (Fairless Hills, Pa.) player told six schools are standing out to him, but which ones are they? Also, Denman visited Rutgers last month. What did he think? And did the Scarlet Knights make his list?

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Pennsbury High (Fairless Hills, Pa.) four-star offensive tackle J.J. Denman saw his offer total swell to a dozen last week, and half of those are standing out to him.

The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Denman showed some of his skills during his appearance at the New Level Athletics Badger Sport Elite Linemen Combine over the weekend, rebounding from a sub-par first-day to show his size, strength and agility on the second day and prove why he has so many offers.

So far, Penn State, Boston College, South Carolina, Mississippi State, West Virginia and Rutgers. I guess those are (six) that really stand out," Denman told "I guess it's because of the coaching staffs. I talk to other coaching staffs, and I really felt they were 100 percent serious with their word and really want me to come out and visit."

Denman traveled up U.S. Route 1 to compete against some of the best defensive linemen in the northeast, and to showcase his agility despite his size.

He left also proving his strength, winning the tug-of-war competition by rallying to defeat DeMatha Catholic defensive end Michael Moore in a best-of-three final.

"I came to (the camp to) improve my overall skill, like pass-protection, and to get my name out there a little more," Denman said. "Every one of these events you come to, it's always positive."

Aside from discussing the camp, Denman broke down what he wants in a college.

"I'm looking for good academics, obviously a good (football) program," he said. "Then, if I have a bad day of practice, I want to be able to go back to my dorm and have it be a place that I like being at."

This wasn't Denman's first trip to Rutgers. His father went to the school (he did not play sports), and Denman was on campus last month for an unofficial visit.

"Rutgers is pretty high on my list," he said. "I came to junior day and I talked to coach (Greg) Schiano, and he's like a spitting image of my high school coach, coach (Galen) Snyder at Pennsbury. I feel like I would fit in good here."

Although a half-dozen schools are standing out to Denman, he isn't about to close his recruitment and begin narrowing his choices.

"There are still schools that might come out of nowhere and I'll be like, ‘Wow,' " he said, "and I'll check it out from there."

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