On Oct. 16, one of the best offensive linemen in the 2024 cycle reopened his recruitment, as Mount Pleasant (Mich.) four-star interior O-lineman Andrew Dennis announced his decommitment from Michigan State.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder was pledged to the in-state Spartans for over five months, but amidst uncertainty in the MSU program and the firing of head coach Mel Tucker, Dennis wiped his slate clean.
His recruitment has since picked up, and earlier this week, he announced that he will be committing once again on Jan. 6 at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
Dennis is the No. 329 overall prospect and No. 24 IOL in the 2024 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He’s also the No. 7 player in Michigan.
Dennis making official visit to Penn State this weekend
Penn State has been one of the teams with the most buzz around Dennis following his decommitment. James Franklin and the Nittany Lions have ramped up their pursuit and are now welcoming him to Happy Valley for an official visit this weekend for a humongous matchup against Michigan.
“What they told me was that they try to stray away from guys who already committed to be respectful,” Dennis told BWI earlier this month. “We didn’t get into the Michigan State situation at all, but they made it clear that they’ve wanted to offer me for a while.
Other official visits set for Dennis
The stop at Penn State will be the first of what’s set to be a busy lead-up to Jan. 6 for Dennis. Clemson, Illinois and Purdue will also receive official visits through November and into the beginning of December, per On3’s Sam Spiegelman.
Both Illinois and Purdue have had Dennis on campus multiple times throughout his recruitment. The Illini had one of his final visits ahead of his commitment to Michigan State. Dennis also told KSR that he was considering a visit to Kentucky following the Wildcats extending an offer on Oct. 31.
Dennis does not currently have an On3 NIL Valuation. The On3 NIL Valuation is the industry’s leading index that sets high school and college athletes’ projected annual value (PAV). The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete’s value at a certain moment in time.