May 29, 2012
Finley ready for camps
Offensive tackle Dennis Finley of Detroit Cass Tech High School is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the state of Michigan for the class of 2013. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound prospect has a solid list of offers and is hoping to add more in the near future. SpartanMag.com caught up with Finley and got the latest details on his recruitment.
Finley has seen his stock rise steadily this winter and spring. He now holds multiple BCS as well as MAC scholarship offers. He talked about his latest offer.
"Not too long ago I received an offer from Kansas," Finley stated. "Illinois visited school last week and they watched us workout, I was able to talk with them for a little bit."
The offer from The Jayhawks now gives Finley 6 BCS scholarships; he also has offers from Purdue, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Illinois and Indiana.
The next few weeks numerous college will be holding camps as well as some independent evaluation organizations. Finley talked about his plans.
"I am going to the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp and right after that we are going to the Alabama Camp," he said. "I am not sure if I will be at Michigan State, I will have to talk with my coach. Hopefully I can get some more offers. I am just going to keep working hard."
Last year the Spartan staff was at the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp for 1-Day. If they are there this year they will have the chance to evaluate Finley in person. An in person evaluation is crucial from Michigan State's perspective. The staff is expecting numerous offensive tackle prospects to be on campus in coming weeks and they want to make sure they off the player(s) they like the best.
Being from Cass Tech High School many would assume that the University of Michigan would be involved. However, Finley informed us that the Wolverines have had little to no contact with him at this point. teh Wolverines already has 5 offensive line commitments on the table for teh class of 2013 so it seems like a situation where Coach Hoke and his staff had other players higher on the recruiting board.
As far as the Spartans, Michigan State has been keeping in regular contact with Finley. How hard they eventually decide pursue Finley will be directly proportional to how well he performs at camps next month. We asked Finley about what coach he is in conact with from Michigan State and what he is looking for in a college.
"Coach Salem is my primary recruiter from Michigan State," Finley said. "I am looking for good academics and the academic support program as well. I want to major in psychology. As for football, I am looking for a good atmosphere where the players and coaches get along and it is like a family."
Finley is more familiar than most when it comes to the Spartans. Not only did he attend the Green and White Game back in April, but his sister is a current student. Finley also has a cousin who graduated from Michigan State.
SpartanMag.com will be covering both the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp as well as Michigan State's 1-Day Elite Player Camp. Finley is a prospect that we will not only be sure to watch and evaluate, but follow up with shortly afterwards. Offensive tackle is still a top priority for the class of 2013 and we fully expect the staff to make 1 or 2 campers a top priority.
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