WR Receiver Prospect B.J. Dennard

He has a pretty good football pedigree, and a strong connection to another Pac-10 school, but wide receiver/athlete prospect <B>B.J. Dennard</b> from Arizona has UCLA pretty high on his list...

Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep wide receiver B.J. Dennard (6-1, 175) has all the right genes to be a successful player and is getting plenty of attention from college recruiters.

The son of former Arizona State player Glenn Dennard, cousin of former ASU receiver Ryan Dennard and the nephew of former LA Ram receiver Preston Dennard, B.J. has a long history with Arizona State, and while he is definitely interested in Arizona State, He's also very interested in UCLA, and the Bruins have made some in-roads with the ASU legacy. "Right now UCLA and Arizona State are running neck and neck. I like them both a lot," Dennard said.

Growing up near Sun Devil Stadium and with so many ties to the Sun Devil program, it is a natural that Dennard would be intrigued by ASU.. "I like Coach Koetter a lot. My family is all from there, my dad, my cousin, they both played there. So yeah, there is a lot of history there."

But there is tie to UCLA that B.J. hinted about that could make UCLA a factor for Dennard.

"(UCLA assistant) coach Bernardi recruited my dad when he was at Arizona. I like Coach Bernardi a lot, too. He is a good man. He has visited my school, but with the rules, there isn't a whole lot else he can do, but he is recruiting me hard."

Along with UCLA and Arizona State, Dennard is hearing from Nebraska, Colorado, most of the Pac-10 as well as Columbia.

While Dennard thinks of himself as a wide receiver, he also plays cornerback, and many college programs are considering him as both, even though he wants to play wide receiver in college. "I want the ball in my hands. I don't mind playing defensive back, but I want to be a playmaker on offense. I'd like to come in nd play by my redshirt freshman year, and be a big-time player early."

A season ago, Dennard had 39 catches, 700-plus yards receiving, and 6 TDs, as well as one interception and numerous forced fumbles on defense. "I like to lay the wood," he said.

Without offers from the schools he prefers yet, Dennard is in no hurry to make a decision, wanting to soak in the whole recruiting experience. "I want to go on all my visits and meet all the coaches. My parents would like me to stay close to home, and my dad wouldn't mind me going to Arizona State, but they are behind me all the way."

Dennard also plans to run track in college, running the 100m, 200m and the 400m.

He will attend the ASU Camp on June 1st, and is still considering coming out for the UCLA Camp.

He has a 2.7 GPA and will take the SAT on June 7th.


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