Facing larger competition may be an adjustment for Denman, but one that he will be able to make, said Pennsbury head coach Galen Snyder.
"He's certainly got great size and all of the physical attributes you would want, but his strength, his hand-eye coordination are elite," Snyder said. "Rutgers is getting someone that's going to work hard and play well."
Snyder said he does not know how quickly Denman can contribute in college, but feels confident that he can have an impact at the next level.
"It's not for me to say if he can play right away because I don't coach at the college level, but he has the potential to be a good college football player," Snyder said.
Denman's recruiting saga began over the summer when he committed to Penn State after an unofficial visit during the spring game. He flipped once, to Wisconsin, but then flipped again to Rutgers after a series of coaching changes.
Cancelling future official visits to Penn State and Wisconsin, Denman is a good fit for the Rutgers program, where he intends to sign in eight days, Snyder said.
"I think Coach [Greg] Schiano has done a good job with that program," Snyder said. "I think it keeps getting stronger and stronger and it suits J.J. J.J. is very familiar with the program. He has family that graduated from Rutgers. He's been going to games there since ninth grade."
According to Snyder, assistant coach Brian Angelicho played a huge role in the recruitment of Denman. From the time Angelicho first met Denman as a Pittsburgh assistant three years ago, the two have had a good relationship.
"Brian's known J.J. for years," Snyder said. "Brian was at Pitt when J.J. was a freshman and they were recruiting Eric Williams. He's known about J.J. for some time.
"He's been to Pennsbury a lot and does a great job. I know J.J. has friends at Rutgers, but Brian has known him and recruited him for four years."