August 5, 2012
Ohio ATH impressed with Spartans
One of the top prospects in the state of Ohio for the class of 2014 will be linebacker prospect Chris Frey of Upper Arlington High School outside of Columbus. SpartanMag.com was able to speak with the 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect and got the latest details on his recruitment and his feelings on Michigan State.
Frey is one of a handful of class of 2014 prospects that already has multiple scholarship offers on the table. Last fall as a sophomore Frey posted 65 tackles, four interceptions and three forced fumbles for Upper Arlington. This year he is looking to improve his numbers while helping his team make a run at the Ohio State Championship.
Spartanmag.com actually spotted Frey at the Michigan State Camp this summer. At the time we did not know who he was, but we made a note that he was a player to watch after he showed well in several 1v1 match-ups against running backs. Frey talked about his time at Michigan State.
"Michigan State University was awesome," Frey said. It was one of my favorite places I have been so far. It was one of my better camps this summer. They like me as an outside linebacker, some schools are also looking at me as a strong safety. Coach Tressel is my primary recruiter. I like him; he was very straight forward with me about what he is looking for in a player and what I need to do to get scholarship from Michigan State."
Frey has very good speed for a player his size. He recently attended the Ohio State Friday Night Lights Camp and clocked a forty-yard dash of 4.62 seconds. He also had a broad jump of 9-feet-8. Those numbers are very impressive and put him at the top of the curve when it comes to recruits at his position. We asked Frey about his strengths as a player and what coaches like about him.
"My strengths as a player are reading plays and my ability to break on the ball, he said. " Just playing smart football, filling gaps and playing hard. I will be playing some running back this year as well and I have good vision and I'm a good blocker. "
Michigan State is not signing a big linebacker class for 2013. The Spartans currently have 2 commitments in Jon Reschke and Shane Jones. Reschke likely projects as an inside linebacker at Michigan State. It is very possible that the staff will not sign another linebacker for the class due to a limited amount of scholarships. That means that linebacker recruiting will be a priority ion 2014.
Though it is still pretty early on in the process, Frey is staring to develop a good idea of what he is looking for in a college. He spoke with us about some of the top things that he is focused on when it comes to eventually make his school choice.
"I am looking for a coaching staff that I have a great relationship with," Frey said, "I want to be around a staff where they make you feel like family. I would also like to be at a school that is not too far away from my family and has great facilities."
Frey does not have a set plan of games he wants to attend this fall, but he hopes to attend several of the marquee games around the Midwest if his schedule permits. Upper Arlington play the majority of its games on Friday nights this fall so it is possible that he could travel up to Michigan State with his family to check out showdown against teams like Notre Dame or Ohio State.
Spartanmag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Frey this fall. A big junior season will likely cause his offer list to expand and you can be sure the Michigan State Coaches will be looking forward to evaluating his junior highlight film.
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