Detroit Cass Tech offensive tackle Dennis Finley has now watched four of his teammates commit to Big Ten programs, most recently defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs choosing Illinois. Finley has yet to make a decision, but that time may be drawing close.
"If I had to choose right now, I probably would also choose Illinois," Finley said. "But I guess you could say I am waiting to see who else might offer me."
At this time, Finley is planning to see how the Spring Evaluation Period wraps up and possibly attend a few camps, though he did not rule out a decision coming before the camp season. Several schools considering him for a scholarship offer have asked him to attend their camps.
"I know I am going to attend Alabama's camp," Finley said. "Michigan State also has a camp coming up and I am trying to attend that."
Other camps could be in store for Finley, but just Alabama and Michigan State are planned at this time. He has no unofficial campus visits planned between now and then, and took his last trip to East Lansing.
"I went to Michigan State last weekend for the Green and White game," Finley said. "It was cool seeing the players and I met the offensive line coach, Coach [Mark] Staten."
In recent weeks, Finley noted he has seen the likes of Notre Dame, Syracuse, Purdue, USC and Michigan State through his school, and has several more teams potentially close to adding their names to the list of eight offers he currently holds.
"Kansas is about to offer me," Finley said. "The coach called me earlier and he told me that they saw my film and my highlight tape and they are going to try to offer me."
Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Syracuse and Western Michigan have all offered Finley already, but the Illini are "definitely out in front," according the offensive lineman.