November 1, 2012

SpartanMag.com: Recruiting Q&A



Do you think Michigan State will land David Dawson?

I think you have to like MSU's chances. Dawson has indicated that he wants to stay close to home due to family being an important aspect in his recruitment. Michigan State is obviously the closest school to him from a geographic standpoint.

The other schools involved included Ohio State and Wisconsin. Both schools are tight on scholarships and will likely only be able to take 1 more offensive lineman.

The Buckeyes are very much involved with offensive lineman Dorian Johnson of Pennsylvania and are viewed as the leader for his services. In addition, Ohio State is also involved with Donovan Munger of Shaker Heights. Munger is listed as a DT, but many see his brightest future as an interior offensive lineman.

Wisconsin is very tight on scholarships as well. The Badgers are set to host offensive tackle David Knevel on an official visit the weekend of November 16th. If I was a betting man, I would think that the Badgers will be at the top of Knevel's list following that visit. They offered him early m, are closer to home than his other suitors and have a successful, stable program.

Throw in the fact that MSU is really working hard at Cass Etch High School and has 2 players from there already committed (Deon Drake and Dennis Finley) and I think MSU would have to be viewed as having an excellent opportunity of landing this outstanding prospect.

Will Tim Cason be Michigan State's next commitment?

Obviously the fact that he was just offered and he grew up a Spartans definitely puts Michigan State in a strong position. With that said, it will be interesting to see if the Spartans decide to push for a commitment from Cason when he is on campus.

Michigan State is not known as a high-pressure school when it comes to recruiting, but they will make it very clear if they want to lock a player up. Cason could be gladly welcomed to commit or the staff may tell him to take his time. It is still early in the process and scholarships are not tight so there is not a sense of urgency.

Brian Allen of Illinois is planning on being in East Lansing this weekend and he is a player the staff would gladly accept a commitment from. Allen has an impressive list of offers and has stated he is looking to make an early decision.

Is Michigan State looking at any walk-ons?

The staff is always evaluating players and they will certainly have a few players accept preferred walk-on position. The past few years the staff has been able to sign a few "high-profile" walk-ons like Trevon Pendleton, Marcus Horne and Kyle Lints. Usually we start to figure out who these players may potentially be in December or January.

For example, a player who could be on the MSU radar is QB Bart Williams of Grand Blanc. Right now he only has a GVSU offer. Central Michigan is turning up the heat, but will they offer? If they do not, he may opt to walk-on at a Big Ten school rather than go to a Division 2 or 3 school.

The Spartans are hoping they can get a kicker to accept a preferred walk-on spot in this class. The idea is that the kicker would start out as a preferred walk-on and then go on scholarship after Kevin Muma graduates. That means they would likely go on scholarship in the spring of 2014.

The most likely candidates at this point are players we have mentioned in the past such as Brett Scanlon of Dowagiac, J.J. McGrath of Lutheran North, Conner Shennan of Canton and Joel Schipper of Grand Rapids Christian.

The walk-on program at Michigan State is as strong now as it has been in the last 2 decades. The fact that players like Dan Conroy, Blair White, Kyler Elsworth, Trevon Pendleton, Mitchell White and Jonathan Strayhorn all received scholarships is living proof that hard work will be rewarded.


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