July 2, 2012

Detroit OT has impressive options

One of the fastest rising recruits in the Midwest for the class of 2013 is Detroit Cass Tech High School offensive tackle Dennis Finley. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound prospect has picked up several impressive offers this summer, including one from Michigan State. SpartanMag.com caught up with Finley and got the latest details on his recruitment.

A few weeks ago Finley was considered a mid-level prospect in the world of recruiting. However, Finley decided to change all that and went out and had an outstanding performance at the Sound Mind-Sound Body Camp in Southfield, Michigan. Shortly after that event, Finley picked up scholarship offers from Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Finley now has double-digit offers and has been visiting several of the schools showing him the highest amount of interest. SpartanMag.com spoke with him about his recruitment.

"It has been going great," Finley said. "I have visited each of the schools that have offered me and I liked what I saw at each one of them. They are all good schools. I am not sure at this point which one stands out the most."

Finley is a high-priority recruit for Michigan State. With Fou Fonoti set to graduate after this year and Dan France a junior, the Spartans need an infusion of talent at the tackle position. Finley has the type of athletic ability the staff looks for in their tackles. His ability to move and get out to the second-level is something that you don't always see in high school prospects. We asked Finley about what he has heard from college coaches and his thoughts on Michigan State University.

"Coaches have told me that I have a lot of potential that I have not realized yet," he stated. "They like how well I move and that I am quick for a linemen my size. At Michigan State I like really like the coaching staff. I like how the coaches and the players were like an actual family."

Playing for Cass Tech High school has allowed Finley the opportunity to showcase his skills against a lot of quality prospects. It does not hurt that at practice he often gets to go head-to-head with other players who will be continuing their football careers at the next level as well. Many of the Cass Etch players have already mad their college choices, we asked Finley about his timetable and what factors are going to influence his decision.

"I am looking for good academics, a good football program and someplace I know I will be comfortable spending the next 4 or 5 years," he said. I hope to make my decision by the beginning or during my senior season."

Finley has a lot of quality options to consider. In addition the Spartans, Buckeyes and Badgers, the Fighting Illini are also actively involved in his recruitment. Illinois Head Coach Tim Beckman is making the states of Ohio and Michigan a top priority and it has paid off. Illinois has already has 6 commitments from Ohio and 3 from Michigan, including Finley teammate defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Finley in the coming weeks. The Spartans have not had a lot of success at Cass Tech in recent years, but are hoping that Finley ends up wearing the same color in college as he does in high school. The Technicians and the Spartans have had a tremendous amount of on-field success the last few seasons and maybe this is the year the two programs hook up and take it to the next level.

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