A New List for Finley

After announcing a top three in late June, Detroit Cass Tech senior offensive lineman Dennis Finley has amended his list after an eye-opening trip to the University of Wisconsin.

MADISON - As the major portion of his summer camp schedule was wrapping up at the end of June, Cass Tech (Mich.) senior offensive lineman Dennis Finley felt that Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State were his top three schools.

Weeks later, Finley can add the University of Wisconsin to his top list of favorites.

Unwilling to put the Badgers among his favorites because he hadn't meet all the coaches, see the campus or take a tour of the facilities, the 6-7, 277-pound Finley's unofficial visit to the Badgers' campus bumped up his Wisconsin stock.

"I have a top four now after visiting Wisconsin," Finley told Badger Nation. "I got to see the campus, meet some of the players and really get an idea of how they view me as a player. The coaching staff was really in tuned with their players, and I liked that.

"I didn't know much about them, so the trip really improved my view of the school."

Bringing his mom along on the visit, Finley and his mom got to spend to quality time with head coach Bret Bielema that impressed him and his family.

"She asked him a lot of questions, like about what type of scholarship I would be getting and what would happened to my scholarship if I was injured," said Finley. "Coach Bielema answered all her questions well, and I liked that about him. He was really honest with his answers."

Finley is being recruited by first year tight end coach Eddie Faulkner, who has already landed the Badgers a big commitment in Indianapolis four-star defensive tackle Darius Latham.

"He offered me the scholarship and we talk often," said Finley. "I haven't talked to a lot of coaches recently because of me getting ready for the season, but me and (coach Faulkner) have a good relationship. He said that I am really versatile for a lineman."

Finley's senior season beings with the school's first practice August 5, and he says he still plans to commit midseason in order to hopefully take his official visits and learn more about each campus. For now, Finley is working on ironing out the rough edges in his game, putting things he has learned at different camp stops to use.

"I need to keep up with my footwork and improve my timing and my extension," said Finley, who doesn't have any trips lined up currently. "I think those are my biggest weaknesses and I want to have those down pat. "Over time, I have kept improving, but there is a lot of room for improvement."


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