Dennis Finley committed to MSU on Sunday. He’s the unlucky thirteenth commitment overall and the
second first offensive lineman. Finley’s offer sheet includes Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois and a half dozen other BCS level schools. He’s an offensive tackle, from Detroit Cass Tech rated three stars by Rivals, Scout and 247. At 6’6” and 285 pounds he is literally a big pickup and we should be very…
Just what the shit are you trying to pull here?
Um, I don’t know.
MSU scored a commit from a highly sought after player from Cass Tech? No less a player who plays Offensive Tackle, the single position at MSU one might wonder if MSU dabbles in angering a relative of AIRBHG?
Yeah, that’s more or less the deal.
Here’s the thing, MSU doesn’t get players from Cass Tech. Ever. The ancient texts of Rivals.com indicate that since 2002 no kid has attended MSU from Detroit Cass Tech. Update: The last one was Roderick Maples back in 2000. If they didn’t go to Michigan and they could play, they’d leave the state. Also, Finley had a committable offer from Ohio State and instead picked MSU, the last kid to do that was Dion Sims. It should be noted that Finley did not have a Michigan offer. In case you were under a rock the day that Michigan filled their entire class full of Rivals Top 150 linemen back in February, they did exactly that. They went from zero to full Offensive Linemen in 24 hours. Finley is a very solid prospect, but Michigan felt they had better choices. This was a huge pickup in three ways.
So now we crack open Cass Tech forever and grab that juicy morsel of talented kids AMIRITE?
No, I think this is like how Hoke raided Farmington Hills Harrison(a notoriously MSU leaning school) in 2012. MSU got a kid they wanted at a position they needed in a year where UM had higher targets than Finley. The same was true in 2012, I don’t think MSU was particularly high on Funchess or Ojemudia. Allegiances gonna stay loyal bub.
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What’s to Love About This Kid?
Well, he’s a huge dude and fast. Like almost all Offensive Linemen he’s just too big and strong to really “play well” in these videos. They end up falling over because they hit their guy so hard they lose their balance. His hulksmash is fun and he should do well with a year or two of coaching before he sees the field.
Prediction for 2013 and Beyond
Finley redshirts in 2013. It’s so very rare for an Offensive Lineman to start as a freshman and usually signals a lack of depth on the OL in general. He’ll be groomed well though for when France and Burkland are both gone and could be a four year starter should he excel in the way his offer sheet would imply he should.
Upshot for the rest of the class
MSU will take 15 or 16 in this class unless there’s huge attrition in the offseason. I’d bet one more of those will be another Offensive Lineman. Taking only one for the class of 2013 seems a bit crazy pants. This class would have been sweet if Benenoch had stuck around.