After coaching uncertainty with the Badgers in the offseason, an official visit to Rutgers with close friends like Chris Muller changed his mind again. To Snyder, Denman's choice to sign with Rutgers is one that he supports.
"I'm comfortable sending him to Rutgers," Snyder said. "I don't know Kyle Flood the way I knew [Greg Schiano] or [recruiting coach] Brian Angelicho, but I know he's a long-time offensive line coach. Rutgers has a good program and it's a good situation for him."
Denman and Snyder suffered the same long week that every other Rutgers commit did when Schiano shocked everyone by leaving for a job in the NFL. But Snyder had been through the process with Denman twice before and was ready to handle the insanity that always comes the week before National Signing Day.
When Flood became the head coach Monday, Denman and Muller were the first to reaffirm their verbal commitments in the wake of the news.
"It's been crazy the whole time," Snyder said. "Even before the news with Schiano when it was Rutgers beating down my door after Wisconsin, lots of schools wanted J.J. Rutgers stuck with him the whole time."
Denman, whose father John Denman attended Rutgers, lives an hour away from New Brunswick and plans to make many trips for workouts and practices now that he is signed. Unlike Muller, Denman has no plans to attempt the Grease Trucks challenge, saying one fat sandwich is enough for him.
In his Signing Day press conference, Flood described Denman as a model Division I guard with the ability to play early.
"Coach Flood would know better than I would, but I know J.J. has the tools to play college football," Snyder said. "It's just about how quickly he picks things up and gets ready.
"They're getting a big lineman and a good kid. He's athletic, with quick feet. He's strong. He's a three-year starter, playing for us since he was a freshman. He's sort of the prototypical offensive lineman that a college would want."