By NU Athletic Communications
DB, 5-10, 190, Rochelle, Ga. (Wilcox County HS)
Alfonzo Dennard was one of the final pieces of Nebraska's 2008 signing class, committing to the Huskers late last week. Dennard is an outstanding athlete who excelled on both sides of the ball for Wilcox County High School in Georgia. Dennard is one of five players expected to begin their Nebraska careers in the secondary. He is also the first scholarship player from Georgia since current New England Patriot Le Kevin Smith joined the Huskers in 2001. In his senior season, Dennard played a leading role in helping North Wilcox and Coach Mark Ledford to a 13-2 record and state runner-up finish in Class A. Dennard lined up at cornerback on defense and made 53 tackles, while picking off five passes. Offensively, Dennard caught 39 passes for 780 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. The 5-10, 190-pound Dennard also used his speed to help Wilcox County on special teams, returning two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns. His performance as a senior earned Dennard first-team Class A all-state honors from the Georgia Sportswriters Association. Dennard also piled up big numbers as a junior. Offensively he caught 45 passes for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing 24 times for 240 yards and another six touchdowns. On the defensive side, Dennard made 60 tackles and six interceptions. Dennard's athleticism has also made him a valuable performer for the basketball and track teams. He serves as the point guard for Wilcox County's hoops team and uses his speed in sprint events during track in the spring. Dennard recently played in the GACA North-South All-Star game. He is ranked as one of the nation's top 25 cornerbacks by Rivals.com and is listed among the top 40 overall prospects in the state of Georgia. Dennard chose Nebraska over North Carolina and Troy. Dennard is the son of Rose Mary Dennard and was born on Sept. 9, 1989.