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Scouts: Dennis Finley has nice upside

The offensive line overall does not look to be a key priority for the Spartans in 2013, but bringing in a promising offensive tackle or two would likely be welcomed in this class and Michigan State and has just brought one into the fold with a verbal from Dennis Finley (Detroit/Cass Tech).

The four-star in-state prospect out Cass Tech is a bit of a developmental tackle prospect who displays nice raw tools to work with and mold. He is a kid with a frame that appears capable of supporting additional body mass over time. He’s an O-lineman who plays with some nastiness and in the run game comes off the ball aggressively and flashes the explosion and playing strength to control defenders once contact is made. He possesses good feet and flexibility and demonstrates the tools to be able to make all the required run blocks at the next level, but he does need to watch his pad level and continue to develop his technique. Same with pass pro, Finley’s long arms and nimble feet will be assets and he flashes the ability to set quickly and be able to recover and get out of trouble, but must further develop technique to be more consistent and sound.

We don’t see an immediate contributor, but feel the Spartans landed an in-state prospect with very good upside and can develop into a productive starter for them with some time and work.