May 1, 2012

Top OT to Camp at MSU

One of the top uncommitted prospects in the state of Michigan for the class of 2013 is offensive tackle Dennis Finley of Detroit Cass Tech High School. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound prospect was in East Lansing this past weekend and has the latest.

Offensive tackle recruiting is a key priority for Michigan State when it comes to the class of 2013. The Spartans are closely evaluating several prospects and Finley is moving up the recruiting board as a potential scholarship player. We spoke with him about his time in East Lansing on Saturday at the Green and White Game.

"I enjoyed watching the game," Finley stated. "It was a nice environment and it was cool to see the players going against each other. I was able to speak with Coach Staten and I briefly spoke with Coach Salem as well. They asked me if I would be attending their camp and I told them I would be there."

Finley has seen his recruiting stock rise steadily this spring and he has garnered even more attention in recent weeks as the spring evaluation period is now in full swing. He gave us an update on the schools that have now offered.

"I currently have scholarships from Illinois, Indiana, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Purdue, Syracuse and Western Michigan," he stated.

With 5 BCS scholarship offer son the board as well as all 3 in-state MAC expects that Finley will be moving up the rankings in the near future. He will certainly be a 3-star recruit and could make a move into the individual position rankings as well.

Finley is very familiar with the Spartan program and what it has to offer. His sister t currently attends Michigan State and a cousin who graduated. He actually traveled to East Lansing on Saturday with his family. Most of the other Cass Tech products came with coaches.

Finley will have an excellent chance of earning a Spartan scholarship at camp. Over the past few years numerous current Spartans have used camp as their opportunity to impress the coaches and receiver an offer. Last year players like DB Jermaine Edmonson, TE Josiah Price and DE Jamal Lyles earned their Spartan offers after impressing the coaches at camp.

We asked Finley what a Spartan scholarship would mean and what he is looking for in a program.

"Michigan State would definitely be one of the top schools that I would be interested in if I had an offer, Finley said. School wise, I am looking for good academics and the academic support program as well. As for football, I am looking for a good atmosphere where the players and coaches get along and it is like a family."

No doubt the Clara Bell Smith Academic Center coupled with the environment created by Coach Dantonio cannot hurt Michigan State's chances with Finley is he receives a scholarship. will continue to follow the recruitment of Finley in the coming weeks and keep an eye out for him at camp as well.

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