I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas as we took the past few days to spend time with our families and friends. I sincerly hope that you all got to too! But it's back to the grind here as we continue our "The 12 Days of Recruits" Series. We've already blown through the Badger state kids, so let's continue out of state and move on to the offensive side of the ball as we look at OT J.J. Denman today.
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J.J. Denman Personal Stats:
Hometown/High School: Fairless Hills, PA/ Pennsbury HS
247sports: #200 (national), #21 (position), #6 (state), 4*
Rivals: NR (national), #34 (position), #8 (state), 4*
Scout: no national or state rankings, #18 (position) 4*
Denman is another great find in the state of Pennsylvania for the Badgers and while he is listed at the tackle position I wouldn't be surprised to see him slide inside at some point in his career. He's got the frame for playing guard in my opinion.
He plays very well with his hands and has pretty dang good footwork already as just a high schooler. I would like for him to have a bit quicker of a first step in pass protection, but that comes with time and repetition and is usually the area that most incoming players need the most work on honestly. The best part of his game so far is his nasty streak and the ability to just finish off blocks and not being afraid to punish the person across from him regardless of size, strength or technique.
At 310 pounds already Denman is one heck of a physical specimen and right along the lines of a ready made starter for the Badgers. He may have to wait a year or two, but look for him to be a guy you see on Saturdays for quite some time in the future.
Here is a look at Denman as a Junior. He's already developed some great work with his hands and uses his feet pretty well at this point and from all indications he's only improved on that technique and strength. Just looking at this film you can see why he fits the mold of a Badgers Offensive Lineman.