Although the recruiting process has not even begun to get in full swing for defensive lineman prospect Todd Denlinger from Troy (Ohio), the heavy interest has already started. At 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, with a 4.7-second, forty-yard dash time, it is easy to see why. He also squats 450 pounds and bench presses 340 pounds, and boasts a 28” vertical leap, all with a year of high school to go!
Todd’s big numbers as a junior have added to his popularity. Even though he is being recruited as a defensive lineman, he has recorded 115 tackles, three sacks, an interception, and a blocked punt this season – all at linebacker.
Todd is receiving early interest from all over the country, but several schools are beginning to gain an early edge for his services. One school, in particular, has a place in his heart.
“Ohio State stands out,” he said. “I have always liked them, being the home-town school and everything, but really I will go anywhere. Wisconsin is high, and so are Iowa, Boston College, and Texas.” He is starting to set the criteria that his eventual decision will be based on.
“Location, reputation, and the coaching staff and how they interact with the team,” he said. “By location, I mean what is around it, not where it is, although I like Ohio State because it is close.”
He has already seen Ohio State play this season and was going to the Ohio State – Michigan State game but was forced to cancel his plans. He will instead watch the Buckeyes face Purdue this upcoming weekend and also plans to see the Wisconsin – Iowa game and the Pitt – Miami game. He camped at Ohio State and Notre Dame over the summer.
“I see myself as aggressive,” Todd described his style of play. “I am always around the ball, always moving. I am also a leader, and that is my highest attribute.”
Denlinger carries a 3.65 GPA and wants to major in something in the criminology field.