The Michigan State Spartans signed their eleventh commit on National Signing Day, with Dennis Finley, ranked by Rivals.com as the number 31 player for his position and the number 9 player for his state.
Finley chose Mark Dantonio’s Spartans over the Michigan Wolverines and the Purdue Boilermakers. Prior to announcing his commitment on August 26, 2012, Finley’s Cass Tech High School was known for a school that provided the Wolverines with players. He preferred the university in general and the coaching staff in particular to those of the other schools he received offers from.
The three-star offensive tackle opted to stay within the state of Michigan, where he attended Cass Tech in Detroit, despite receiving offers from other schools including Ohio State and Wisconsin.
This is Michigan State’s eleventh signee of the day, adding to a class that includes 18 players in total. Of the 18 signees, the 6’6″ 270 offensive lineman will be the only one for Michigan State in the class of 2013. He will be joining four other offensive linemen on the team. Finley was a two year starter at right tackle for his high school team. He helped Cass Tech to have a combined record of 23-5, which included back-to-back state titles. Dantonio had the following Tweet acknowledging Finley’s signing with the Spartans:
#11 D.Finley (Cass Tech, MI) One of nations top OL, 2 time St Champ, term range, wingspan, & footwork. Impressive Camp at SMB #Spartans2013
— Mark Dantonio (@DantonioMark) February 6, 2013
Finley will be adding a solid presence to a youthful group of offensive linemen on the Michigan State Spartans team.