- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Junior center Dustin Dennig (South Bend, Ind./Washington) just wrapped up his week at the Under Armour underclassmen combine in advance of the Under Armour All-America Game, and he learned where his game is strongest and where he wants to improve the most.
“One thing I definitely want to improve in is the first 20 yards at the start of my 40,” Dennig said, “but my side-to-side movement is good. When we did one-on-one [drills] that was showing. I didn’t lose one of them.”
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman is receiving early interest from a handful of schools, most heavily from Michigan State. Dennig made trips to Michigan State twice over the last two years and was impressed at what the Spartans have to offer.
“It was outstanding,” Dennig said of his visits, one of which came his sophomore year and the second this past season. “It was fun to go up there and get to walk around the campus and the field.”
The large size of the campus and the camaraderie among teammates also had Dennig impressed.
Dennig has talked briefly with Michigan State offensive coordinator Dan Roushar recently, and Roushar gave him some advice on where college staffs would like him to be by his senior season.
“He was just talking about where he wants me to be with my 40 and shuttle and all that, and I believe he looked into my grades, too,” Dennig said.
Dennig recently sent his film to Michigan State as well as Boston College, Notre Dame, Purdue and others. Those three schools, along with Michigan State, have shown the most interest. The Fighting Irish and Louisville have invited Dennig to some games this year, but Dennig was unable to make them. His two trips to Michigan State are the only visits he has made so far.
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