Dennison a last-second addition

Scout.com spoke with James Cordova, the head coach at Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, and he filled us in on one of his top players - Cort Dennison. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound LB/TE is currently headed up to Seattle for his first official visit - to the University of Washington

"Washington looks like they are interested and need help with their young linebacking corps, and Cort is a big, physical, fast guy," Cordova said. "He's an off-the-edge guy. We blitzed him a lot and he had 23.5 sacks this past season, fifth all-time in the state of Utah."

As a junior, Dennison tallied 14 sacks.

Cordova said that, even though they typically run a 4-3, they actually modified things to create a 50 front specifically to utilize Dennison's unique abilities as a pass-rusher. "He runs a 4.6, but he plays a lot faster than that," said Cordova of Dennison.

On offense, Dennison started out at tight end, but because he was so effective, Cordova moved him around and outside so he wouldn't get bracketed by safeties. The result? Over 1000 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.

Army (1/26) is Dennison's only other scheduled visit, so it begs the question - with the statistics Cort racked up this past season, why isn't he getting more interest?

"Well, Utah has always been a second-tier state as far as talent goes, so we're not always the place the bigger conferences look to," Cordova said. "Utah kids really like the Pac-10 though, and I know Cort would love to play in the Pac-10."

Cordova added that if the Huskies do offer Dennison a scholarship, Cort would probably not pass up an opportunity to play there. And from the sounds of it, he appears to be the exact type of student-athlete UW Head Coach Tyrone Willingham is going after.

"He's a good student and a good kid," Cordova said. "He's got a 3.7 GPA and he was our team captain. The kids all looked up to him, some probably were even a little afraid of him."

We'll have more from Dennison when he gets back from Seattle.

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