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Penn State could poach Michigan State target during next weekend’s visit

The Nittany Lions have a shot at stealing one of Mel Tucker’s top targets during his visit to State College.



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Jan 2, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions offensive lineman Juice Scruggs (70) reacts after a play against the Utah Utes during the first half at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

If the Penn State Nittany Lions want an offensive tackle prospect that is favored to end up in East Lansing, next weekend they’ll have a shot. On Friday, March 17th, three-star offensive tackle Andrew Dennis from Mt. Pleasant High School (MI) will be in State College on a recruiting visit — it will likely be James Franklin’s best shot at flipping his recruitment in Penn State’s favor.

Michigan State target to visit State College next weekend

Andrew Dennis is a 6-5, 270-pound offensive tackle prospect in the 2024 recruiting class. As a native of Michigan — just one hour from Michigan State University — Dennis is a major Michigan State target for Mel Tucker’s newest class. Dennis is rated as a three-star prospect by On3’s Industry Rankings, and is ranked as the No. 643 player in the nation, the No. 42 offensive tackle prospect, and the No. 12 player in Michigan for the 2024 recruiting class.

There appears to be three real contenders for Dennis’s commitment thus far according to the Recruiting Prediction Machine: Michigan State (89.8%), Illinois (3.4%), and Miami of Ohio (2.0%). Despite having many smaller schools among his top choices, Dennis is being looked at by some college football giants as well, such as Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Baylor, and more. His grades have to be solid as well, as he has many Ivy League offers such as UPenn, Princeton, Cornell, and others.

Thus far, the Michigan State target has visited with multiple schools many times: Ohio State (2), Michigan (2), Iowa (2), Notre Dame (2), Illinois (3), and others. Next Friday, James Franklin will get his first hands-on shot at landing Dennis when the young Michigan State target makes his first trip to State College — while one visit may not seem like much, it is the same number of visits as he has taken with the Spartans, who currently lead in his recruitment.

A lot can change during a weekend visit, especially with an elite recruiter like Penn State head coach James Franklin.

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