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Originally published Feb. 7, 2008 in the Omaha World-Herald
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If a 25-minute junior highlight tape didn't get the attention of colleges, a 4.4 40 time that Wilcox County coach Mark Ledford called "legit," did. During a combine-type event, Dennard benched 185 pounds 23 times. That's serious strength at the cornerback position.
"He's been a human highlight film for us," Ledford said. "He's a tremendous skill player on offense, and he's also one that uses those same skills with strength on defense to play corner. People (in Nebraska) may not know him now, but they'll sure know him when he gets there."
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A three-star prospect according to rivals.com, Dennard's major question could be his size and ability to match up with big-bodied receivers in the Big 12. To that, Ledford says, "Alfonzo has never been out-jumped. His vertical is whatever it needs to be." Three of Nebraska's six returning cornerbacks are listed below six feet.
A North Carolina commitment until the final day in January, Dennard also held offers from Purdue, Clemson, UAB and Troy. Dennard's Wilcox County team played in the state championship game for one of Georgia's smallest classes, and Denard is also the first scholarship player from Georgia since current New England Patriot Le Kevin Smith joined the Huskers in 2001.
There's always room for athletes, especially on the defensive side of the ball. A nose for the ball and his ability to hold down his side of the field make Dennard an interesting immediate option for the Huskers.
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