August 30, 2007
Glenville CB has Spartans on the short list
Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio knows the value of Ohio football talent. He also knows that no high school in the Buckeye State has produced more Division 1 football players the last few years than Glenville. He and the Spartan staff will look to tap into the Glenville pipeline this year and one of the players they have targeted is defensive back Donnie Fletcher.
Fletcher is a 6-foot-0, 175-pound cornerback prospect that already has over 20 scholarship offers. Rivals.com ranks him the #43 cornerback in the nation for the class of 2008 and the #26 prospect in Ohio this year.
Michigan State was one of the teams that offered Fletcher earlier this summer. Coach Dantonio was on hand at the Elite Combine that was held at the Cleveland Browns' Stadium. Fletcher had a strong performance atthat event, going up against some very talented wide receivers.
Spartan Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi serves as the primary recruiter of Fletcher for Michiagn State. According to Flecther, Coach Narduzzi has been in contact with him on numerous occasions.
Fletcher stated earlier this month that he was focusing on 5 schools: Iowa, Boston College, Michigan State, Nebraska and N.C. State. We asked him if that was still the case?
"Yes, all those schools have offered and I am looking at all of them," he said "I have a visit set up for Boston College on the 21st of September and I am going to visit Iowa the weekend they play Indiana (September 29th)."
In years past, many Glenville players have taken all of their visits and made a college decision shortly before signing day. Will that be the case with Fletcher?
"No, I want to make my decision at the end of my season," Fletcher said "I plan on graduating early and enrolling for spring so I want to take my visits this fall. I will probably set up my other visit in the next few weeks. I have not visited Michigan State yet, I would like to see what it is like there."
Fletcher was able to visit several schools this summer when he participated in the Ted Gin Sr. Bus Tour. The tour traveled around the country stopping into numerous colleges in the Midwest and Midlands.
The fact that Fletcher wants to graduate early could be a positive factor for Michigan State. The Spartans have several scholarships slots they can backdate and would like to get a couple of recruits in for spring football.
This past weekend Fletcher helped Glenville defeat 4-time Indiana State Champion Warren Central High School by a score of 39-36. In that game Fletcher had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery.
The road for Fletcher and Glenville doesn't get any easier as they have one of the most ambitious schedules in the nation. This weekend the Tarblooders will play in the Kirk Herbstreit Ohio vs. the USA Classic against California powerhouse Long Beach Poly. The game will be played in Canton, Ohio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Stadium and shown on tape delay on the NFL Network.
At 6-foot-0, 175-pounds, Fletcher has the size to match-up with some of the bigger wide receivers that teams are featuring these days. He also could play safety at the next level if he adds enough weight.
"Teams have told me one of the reasons they like me is because I am versatile. I can play any position in the secondary. I can play man to man and be physical or I can play zone. It really doesn't matter to me."
The contact period for college coaches will start back up this coming Saturday September 1st. It would not be a surprise if Fletcher gets contacted by the Spartans early next month to try and set up an official visit to East Lansing.
SpartanMag.com will be sure to update Michigan State fans on the recruitment of Fletcher as well as the fortunes of Glenville High School.
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