When talking about running backs in the Buckeye state this fall, don't forget to bring up the name Dennis Underwood of Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas. The long strider shows many skills when the ball is in his hands.
When looking at film you first notice the size. Standing around 6'2 - 6'3 Dennis is tall for the running back position. This may sway some colleges to look at him playing safety as we keep seeing more receivers standing 6'2 - 6'4. College coaches have been forced to look for pure athletes that can match up and Dennis has those skills. But I would hate to see his running talent go unused.
Dennis reminds me of Robert Smith and Eddie George when looking on film. I say this because of his strides. He stands tall, but not too tall and has enough wiggles to make defenders miss. In looking down the road I see a bigger back in the 220 lb. range. Look for schools that use zone blocking schemes to recruit Dennis hard. While Dennis would excel as an I-back, I feel schools that use the zone scheme could provide him the chance to gain even more yards because of his strong frame and running style.
In looking at running backs from around the state I would place Dennis behind only Javon Ringer. While there different types of backs, they are in the lead for what's shaping up as a nice looking field for the Class of 2005.
At this time here are my rankings of the Top 5 Running Backs in Ohio for the 2005 recruiting class.
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