November 10, 2010

Four-star wide receiver eager to check out Ole Miss

When Anthony Denham watched the critically-acclaimed movie "The Blind Side," he saw more than an Oscar-winning performance from Sandra Bullock.

In many ways, Denham saw his life story.

The movie, based on Michael Lewis' book by the same title, chronicles the life of Memphis native-turned-Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher.

"I have a very similar story to his," said Denham, who lived in foster homes since he was 12 and lost touch with his immediate family until just prior to his high school graduation.

Denham's mother was incarcerated. His family was scattered all over California. Now, the Monterey Park (East Los Angeles College), Calif., wide receiver is months away from deciding where to spend the next two years of his life, and ironically, Oher's college home could wind up being Denham's as well.

Denham, a 6-foot-6, 215-pounder who is ranked as the No. 5 junior college prospect in the country by Rivals.com, will take an official visit to Ole Miss on Dec. 4.

"They said I'm a deep threat and I could really help them," Denham said. "They said I could open up their offense because I'm a bigger receiver."

Denham's season started out slow because of a hamstring and groin injuries. He has played in five games, scoring seven touchdowns and accumulating more than 500 receiving yards.

Louisiana Tech, Idaho, San Diego, Washington, Utah, Oregon, UCLA, LSU, Georgia, Minnesota, Arizona, Nebraska, Arkansas, USC, Cincinnati, among others, have offered scholarships. Denham said earlier this week he has no favorites. He plans to take an official visit to Oregon late this month before traveling to Oxford in early December.

"I want to take all my trips and see what schools I like better and who I trust more," Denham said.

As for Ole Miss, Denham doesn't know much other than Oher's portrayal on the silver screen.

"I know about Dexter McCluster," Denham said, referring to the former Ole Miss star, now a rookie wide receiver with the Kansas City Chiefs. "They run the spread offense and they throw the deep ball."

Denham said he knows what he'll be looking for during his trips to Eugene, Oxford and elsewhere.

"I'm looking for stability," Denham said. "Are they really who they say they are? I want to know if I can cope with being out of state."

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