Dennis Ready To Blow Past Fortius Project Competition
It’s hard to find someone that can nail other players on the gridiron as well as he can hit notes on a song sheet and march. Ridgeland 2019 defensive end, Jumari Dennis, is one of those people.
“I also am in the band at Ridgeland. So when I tell people, they are surprised and really like astonished to hear that I do both football and band,” Dennis told SES Mississippi.
While Dennis does do both football and band, the majority of his time on Friday nights in the fall is spent on the field getting after the quarterback. Last season, Dennis had 20 tackles and a team leading three sacks. The big 6’3, 198 pound specimen tries to play every snap like two top tier pass rushers in the college and professional ranks: Montez Sweat from Mississippi State and Jadeveon Clowney from the Houston Texans. Dennis tries to play with relentless effort like those two players.
“They are both very good pass rushers and will get to the quarterback no matter what,” Dennis said.
Dennis has announced that he will attend the Fortius Project at Hinds Community College, about 24 miles away from his home town. There, he will look to develop skills that will allow him to more effectively stop the run game of the other team.
“I’m a very good pass rusher, but I can also improve there and get stronger and get better at defending the run game,” Dennis said.
Dennis is a part of a football program that had some phenomenal seasons since the school opened in 2002. He was in the fifth grade when the Ridgeland Titans went to the 5A North Half Championship and finished 13-1. Times have changed since then.
Every year since 2010, the Titans have never improved on their record from one season to the next until last season. Ridgeland finished 5-6 and narrowly missed the playoffs. Despite failing to reach the playoffs for the second straight year, his team kept on developing bonds on and off the field.
“I’ve seen the team come together and recognize each other as brothers and family. I’ve also seen that we still have a lot of improvements to make as a team and a lot of improvement that I have as a player to make,” Dennis said.
No matter how much his team wins, Dennis always cherishes playing football for a city that he grew up in.
“I believe the city and community really revolves around the football team. I’ve grown up going to Ridgeland schools all my life. So I love being able to represent the city and playing with my brothers,” Dennis said.
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