According to Bucknuts.com, Tennessee reportedly offered a scholarship early on, along with Maryland, Pitt, Wisconsin and others. Ohio State recently came through with an offer, making the Buckeyes the odds-on favorite for Denlinger's services.
Blessed with 4.8 speed over 40 yards, a 350-pound bench press and a 26-inch vertical jump, Denlinger is very athletic for his size. He is rated his state's No. 3 overall prospect by Ohio High magazine recruiting editor Duane Long.
Ohio has been a rich recruiting ground for Tennessee. The Vols have landed such standouts as Roland James, William Howard, Tim McGee, Jeremy Lincoln, Anthony Morgan, Darryl Hardy, Chuck Webb, Peerless Price and Michael Munoz.