Dennis Ready for Edison

<b>Hershel Dennis</b>, a 5-11, 190-pound running back from Long Beach, California plays for Long Beach Polytechnic High School, and Dennis always loves this time of the year. Why? Because it's championship week, and if you suit up for the Jackrabbits, chances are you are still playing.

That is once again the case this year, as Poly is getting ready to defend their CIF Division1 crown as they take on Edison this coming Saturday night. "I've seen some film of them," Dennis told Dawgman.com last night. "We just need to come out with our 'A' game and execute. We need to play 100 percent, like we always do and play some hard-nosed football. We need to handle our business."

Despite splitting time with another talented tailback in Rory Carrington, Dennis has put together some impressive numbers; 1661 yards and 21 touchdowns. It's that type of production, coupled with his athleticism, ethic and character that has drawn the attention of coaches throughout the country.

And last night, one coach found himself in Dennis' dining room. "Yeah, it went well," Hershel said, in reference to his in-home visit with Washington linebackers coach Tom Williams. "Coach Williams came over and had dinner with us. He just talked about the program, the academics and the athletics. He talked about how I could come in and make an impact early." Dennis has In-homes with USC and Oregon later in the week.

Hershel also confirmed that he'll be visiting Washington with his parents to on December 14th. "I'm going to Oregon January 4th, then to USC on January 11th," he said. "I'm set to go to Florida on January 18th, but I'm not sure I'm taking that trip. I haven't talked to them in a while. If I don't go there, I'm going to go to either Arkansas or Alabama that weekend. And then I go to UCLA January 25th."

Arkansas and Alabama? "I want to see some things outside of the Pac-10," Hershel explained. "I want to see a different conference, some different environments."

Hershel also confirmed that Darnell Bing, Manual Wright and Winston Justice will all be visiting Washington on December 14th as well. It's the only date where all four teammates will be visiting the same school, to his knowledge.

And Hershel's favorites? Three schools look to have made the cut up to this point - USC, Washington and Oregon. Is his future college choice bound to come from one of these three? Dennis' percentage on that happening? "100 percent," was his reply. "They are all neck and neck right now."

Here are Hershel's thoughts on his favorites.

USC - "It's close to home and they have a great running back tradition. I think I go there and have a big impact right away."

Washington - "Some of the same reasons. I could get a chance to play right away. It's far from home, but that gives me a chance to be independent. I do have family up there, an aunt and a couple of cousins, so that helps. The academics up there are great."

Oregon - "They have a great program right now with very strong academics. And I like how they run in their offense. I've been seeing how they use Maurice Morris and Onterrio Smith, and I like how they do things."

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