ScoutTV: RB Demarkous Dennis

Mississippi Scout
Posted Nov 30, 2011

Demarkous Dennis took over the starting job at tailback his sophomore season and has never looked back. Go inside to learn more about the Lafayette (Miss.) standout.

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Name: Demarkous Dennis
Lafayette (Miss.)
Running Back
5-foot-9, 200 pounds
Memphis (offer) and USM (offer) Ranking: NR live evaluation: Dennis is shredding defenses this season just as he did last year when he rushed for 2,249 yards and 26 touchdowns on his way to a state championship. In fact, if you look at Dennis' last two seasons for Lafayette, his' numbers are scarily similar. This season he has rushed for 2, 247 yards and 26 touchdowns. Here is something else you can hang your hat on. Dennis' sophomore season he averaged 9.47 yards per carry, junior season it was a 9.52 yard-per-carry average, and this season he is running at a 9.4 yards per carry. Bottom line this young man knows how to run the ball.

Many people have wondered why Dennis is not receiving more recruiting attention than he is currently. He's quick, shifty, and runs with a low center of gravity. Dennis uses his vision to weave in and out of traffic but the one area where he does need work for the next level is his top-end speed. His top-end speed is not slow by any means but it is not quite as fast as his quickness in his first 10 yard, and that is what makes great running backs in today's game. The first 10 yards are critical and that's what Dennis possesses. If a college has the luxury of having the time to develop Class 4A's leading rusher the last two seasons, he will have a good one on his hands.

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for and he can be reached at

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