Big Day for Finley

Entering the Sound Mind, Sound Body football camp with one Big Ten offer, Detroit Cass Tech offensive lineman Dennis Finley shined bright enough to get an offer from the two top teams in the Big Ten last season.

MADISON – With one impressive camp performance, Detroit Cass Tech offensive lineman Dennis Finley reeled in offers from the champions of both Big Ten divisions.

Working out in front of coaches at the Sound Mind, Sound Body Football Academy in Southfield, Mich., Finley picked up an offer from Michigan State and was followed closely behind by Wisconsin.

"It's definitely an honor to get those two scholarships," Finley told Badger Nation.

National recruiting analyst Allen Trieu felt that nobody helped themselves more at the camp than Finley. Utilizing his 6-7, 275-pound frame during one-on-one drills, Finley said that coaches were impressive with his technique and his ability to pick up quickly on coaching points.

"The coaches said they definitely liked what they were seeing during one-on-ones," said Finley. "I tried to play as clean as possibly to show them my technique and my skills. I just love playing football."

Working out in front of the entire Michigan State staff, including coach Mark Dantonio, the offer from the Spartans is a familiar one for Finley. With his cousin having graduated from Michigan State and his sister currently attending the school, Finley is no stranger to the campus in East Lansing.

"I go up there a lot to visit," said Finley. "I like how their coaching staff is really cool with the players. They aren't all about football. They care about their players and their well being."

When it comes to the Badgers, Finley is less educated, but no less excited about a program that really puts a high value on its offensive line.

"I know they send a lot of players to league, especially on the offensive line, so I have to do my research on them," said Finley. "I have heard that Wisconsin is a goal-oriented school with good academics."

Going into the camp, Finley said that Illinois was the top school that had offered him, putting the Illini ahead of Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan and Kansas. As he heads to Alabama to camp with the Crimson Tide, Finley is coming to the realization that he might have more schools at the top of his list.

"I think it's a possibility that my favorites could change," Finley said. "As of right now, I am not sure who my favorite is."

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