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Pennsbury OT J.J. Denman gives oral declaration to Penn State

Written by: on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011. Follow Josh Funk on Twitter.


A Big-10 program has received an oral declaration from a four-star athlete who could easily be tabbed the best offensive lineman in all of District 1.

J.J. Denman, a 6’6, 310-pound offensive tackle from Pennsbury High School, issued an oral declaration Wednesday evening to Penn State, according to national recruiting service  Denman is the latest athlete to make an early declaration to the Nittany Lions, who are building up quite an impressive 2012 recruiting class after receiving oral declarations from six prospects rated as three-stars or better, including three offensive linemen. ranks Denman as the 18th-best offensive tackle in the nation and a four-star prospect in the 2012 recruiting class.  Denman is Scout’s highest-rated Keystone State offensive tackle prospect, and is joined in the rankings by Fox Chapel Area’s Adam Bisnowaty (#44) and Boyertown Area’s Chris Muller (#47).

During his recruiting process, Denman amassed an impressive list of offers, totaling more than 20.  In addition to the Nittany Lions, Denman held offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, Miami (FL), Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Temple, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

In his junior season at Pennsbury, Denman was part of a Falcons’ offensive line that helped pave the way for its ground-and-pound attack that averaged 259.5 yards of offense (209.2 rushing, 50.3 passing) and scored 30 total touchdowns (27 rushing, 3 passing).  Pennsbury finished its 2010 season with a 5-5 overall record.

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