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Eamonn Dennis’ road to Michigan, outlook for 2021 season

The second-year defensive back hopes to find a role this season.

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The Michigan Wolverines have plenty of depth opportunities available for the defensive backs with so much uncertainty at the position. That is where a player like second-year back Eamonn Dennis hopes he can crack the lineup with a strong showing during fall camp.

Let’s take a look at his road to Michigan and how he might factor in this season.

The story so far

Dennis, a Worcester, Massachusetts native and St. John’s High School alum, was a three-star prospect and the No. 508 recruit in the country coming out of high school, according to the 247Sports Composite. He is the All-Time leader in kick return touchdowns in the history of Central Massachusetts and scored 19 touchdowns as a senior. He was primarily an offensive weapon in high school as both a receiver and a runner in addition to cornerback and special teams duties.

His play helped St. John’s win district and state championships in both 2017-18 and was a four-year contributor in high school.

Dennis did not see the field as a true freshman in 2020.

Outlook for 2021

Dennis is another one of those Don Brown East coast recruiting specials. Michigan used that pipeline to mixed success under its former defensive coordinator, but Dennis has a lot to like athletically. It just might take some more time for him to develop as he continues his transition into a full-time cornerback.

Dennis’ name has not been mentioned a ton this offseason and probably is not someone that will battle to take reps away from Vincent Gray, Gemon Green or DJ Turner. But he could be a part of that second group that tries to work its way onto the two-deep depth chart. This puts him in the mix to battle it out with Darion Green-Warren, Andre Seldon and others.