Northwood’s Dennison draws comparison to Trent Taylor

By LEE BRECHEEN, Louisiana Football Magazine

Sometimes you can play on a high school team in a sport like football, baseball or basketball and there will be three or four names always brought up as Division I players in a deep, talented senior class. Then you have three or four more players who I call FBS/FCS sleepers, a great senior year away from becoming a DI player.

Northwood’s Marc Dennison stands 5-11, 180 and complements that perfectly with 4.55 to 4.6 speed in the 40 with great hands. He quickly shows you that he’s a big-time competitor.

I have already written about some of his teammates — defensive back/wide receiver Marjayvious Moss, quarterback Mason Welch and defensive end Ta’derius Collins — all players who should find spots on FBS rosters. But you can put Dennison in this group as a college prospect, a legit FCS prospect right now and by the the end of his senior season, possibly an FBS signee; I think he is one right now.

The last slot/wide receiver to come out of Shreveport under the radar as a sleeper and make it big was Trent Taylor, who prepped at Evangel Christian. Taylor quietly signed with Louisiana Tech (wasn’t offered by LSU) and performed well enough to get drafted by San Francisco. Taylor, as you probably remember, played in this year’s Super Bowl as a slot/wide receiver/punt returner for the Cincinnati Bengals with quarterback Joe Burrow, wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, and running back Joe Mixon.

Dennison has the makeup to be like Taylor but he’s taller compared to Taylor, who is 5-8, 175 to 180. Taylor might be a little faster but not much and like Taylor, Dennison has great hands.

Dennison likes the possibility of playing college football nearby.

“My favorite colleges are Northwestern State, ULM and Arkansas Monticello because they are close to home and have great on-and-off-the-field facilities,” said Dennison. “I’ve visited Arkansas Monticello, ULM, Northwestern State, Arkansas State and Southern Arkansas.”

Dennison is especially grateful to a couple of his coaches at Northwood.

“One thing that my wide receivers coach (Jeff) Green always tells me is to get better. That sticks out. Playing for Coach Green and Head Coach Austin Brown, it’s a wonderful experience,” said Dennison. “They push us to the brink each and every day preparing us for the upcoming season.”

Notes on Marc Dennison: Dennison is a good student with a 3.0 GPA and current ACT score of 21. He plans to major in mechanical engineering in college.

His hobbies are riding around with his sister listening to music on a night out and spending time with close friends.

Dennison’s stats from his 2021 season are topped by 31 passes caught for 335 yards and two touchdowns.

Contact Lee at lbrecheen@aol.com