January 30, 2010

Dennard wants to win championships

SpartanMag.com was able to catch up with the newest member of the Spartan recruiting class, Darqueze Dennard of Twiggs County High School in Georgia. The 5-foot-11 170-pound prospect becomes the 20th commitment to the class of 2010 and is excited about his opportunity.

Last week Spartanmag.com spoke with eth Coach at Twiggs Count High School, Dexter Copeland. Coach Copeland had informed us that Dennard was a very talented player and did indeed take an official visit to Michigan State. At the time of our conversation though, Dennard had not been offered by Mark Dantonio. We asked Dennard about getting his offer.

"I was offered on Tuesday, he said. They called me and told that they were offering me a scholarship. I called them back on Wednesday and told them I was going to accept it. Coach Warner asked me if I was ready to be a Spartan, and I said yes. He was real excited."

The offer to Dennard on Tuesday makes a lot of sense. The Spartans were a finalist for Christian Bryant of Cleveland Glenville. They had to ride that race out before they could extend the offer to Dennard.
Dennard informed SpartanMag.com that Michigan State made a strong impression on him.

"I really liked the coaches up there, he said. I like the position coach, Harlon Barnett, I was impressed with the atmosphere there, especially at the basketball game. I loved the stadium and the facilities too."

Were there any other factors that stood out to you?
"Yes, I was able to build some chemistry with some of the other recruits. I got to meet Mylan Hicks, William Gholston and Tony Lippett. They were telling me if I came there I could win Big ten Championships. That is what I want to do."

Dennard has been classified as a sleeper recruit, but it seems like Michigan State is not the only Big ten school that was involved in his recruitment. Dennard informed us that the Fighting Illini had also been in pursuit of him and they too had recently extended a scholarship offer.

This past weekend Dennard re-took his SAT. Coach Copeland and Dennard informed us that he has the GPA and test score to meet the NCAA Clearinghouse and he was working on improving his standing.

The Spartans are not bringing in a lot of cornerback prospects so Dennard should get an opportunity to contribute early on in his career. Michigan State is hoping their evaluation skills are on the money and the Peach State product makes an early impact in Big Ten country.

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