Going into last weekend’s Big Man Camp at #5 Michigan State, Grand Rapids (MI) East Kentwood 2020 offensive lineman Dallas Fincher was one to keep an eye on and the 6-foot-4, 277-pound standout did not disappoint.
Fincher turned in a dominant performance over the weekend that caught the attention of those watching and later spoke with Spartan Nation about his performance and said he obviously felt great once he finished up the camp.
“It feels great, it took a lot out of me to have a performance like that,” he said. “But it was great, the teammates around me were great, I love the Clarkston guys and I loved the people I was playing with so it was fun. It was tiring, but it was fun at the same time.”
Considering the fact that he was going up against a good number of upperclassmen during the camp, it made Fincher’s effort even more impressive, but the 3-star recruit said that he’s grown used to playing against older competition throughout his time playing football.
“I’ve been used to playing older guys and being the younger guy my whole life,” he said. “I’ve always been moved up since I was a little tiny thing in the fourth grade and playing JV when I was younger so I always love playing with older guys and it’s great competition.”
So far in the recruiting process, Fincher has fielded offers from 19 schools, including offers from Michigan State, Boston College, Indiana, Cincinnati, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Purdue, Syracuse, and Wisconsin.
Fincher has strong family ties to the Spartans as both of his parents attended Michigan State and his father, Mark, played along the offensive line for the Spartans in the 1980’s and said that he enjoys getting to visit East Lansing with his father.
“It’s always extremely special because I’ve been going there since I was a young, little thing,” he said. “He wasn’t able to come down this past time because he recently had hip surgery, but it’s always great. When we came down for the spring game, it was just an amazing thing because he’ll eventually run into some guys he played with because they have kids on the team right now, so it’s amazing to see that and to talk about it too.”
Fincher told Spartan Nation that he plans on making his college decision at some point during his junior year of high school.
But with roughly 18 months before National Signing Day for the 2020 class, Fincher said that he still has work to do in a couple of areas and has been working on making those improvements throughout the offseason.
“A bunch of things, of course, because I’m a young guy, but the biggest thing is when I pass set, I tend to get hit heavy all of the time and every once in a while, my feet tend to stop so I have to work on that too,” he said. “Then the big thing for lengthier guys like me is the hip flexibility and make sure I keep that bend and I’ve been working on it a lot, making sure I have that bend being on the interior and having to drive somebody 20 yards right across from you. It’s always important to get lower than the guy across from you because he might be even more athletic or outweigh me.”
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