January 15, 2014

Spartans after Delaware ATH

Under the direction of Head Coach Mark Dantonio Michigan State has recruited a lot of players that can star on either side of the ball. One player they are looking at for the class of 2015 who fits that mold is Darnell Savage of Caravel Academy in Bear, Delaware. SpartanMag.com has the details.

The State of Delaware often gets overlooked by college recruiters early in the process and for that reason local schools like Rutgers, Penn State and Maryland have pretty much had the run of the show. Those schools often look to lock up early commitments from Delaware players before they hit the camp scene. However, that is starting to change as more schools find out about players like Savage that can play at the highest level of college football.

Michigan State is already actively evaluating players for the class of 2015 and Savage is one of the players they are hoping to have an opportunity to host on campus later this spring or summer. SpartanMag.com spoke with Savage about his contact with Michigan State, his thoughts on the Spartans and other teams that are contacting him.

"I've talked to Coach Burton on Facebook and I've received mail from them," Savage said. "I've actually liked Michigan State since I was a little guy. Some of the schools I am hearing from are USC, Clemson Vandy, Penn State, Kentucky, Boston College, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Missouri, and Ohio State."

Savage already has a scholarship offer from the Maryland Terrapins and he would likely have several more if it was not for breaking his leg this fall and missing the majority of his junior season. Schools are now just waiting to see him perform this spring in camps or combine settings so they can see that he is fully back to speed. We asked him about his rehab and his spring plans.

"Rehab is going great," Savage said. "I'm improving daily and will be back to full strength soon. I believe that I'm attending a few camps this summer to kind of make up for missed time. I honestly don't know exactly which ones yet though."

Under Armour and Rivals.com will be holding their camps series again this year and they have events scheduled in Washington D.C. and New Jersey. It is certain that Savage will be invited to participate in one of those camps.

Savage is a dynamic player with the ball in his hands, but running back is probably not the position where his future is the brightest. We asked him about the position schools are recruiting him for and what he is looking for in a college.

"As of right now schools are looking at me as a defensive back for the most part," Savage stated. "Others are looking as an athlete. Academics are important to me. I want a school that's going to help me later on in life after football. Football wise I want a school with a tradition and a school that's like a family. I want to go somewhere that I feel comfortable with."

With Maryland and Rutgers joining the Big Ten, it only makes sense for the Spartans to take a look at a player like Savage. The Michigan State will be in the Big Ten East Division and will play Rutgers, Maryland and Penn State every year. Coach Burton has strong ties to the Mid-Atlantic region and you can be sure that he will be looking to get Savage and his family out to East Lansing to see what the Rose Bowl Champions have to offer from an athletic and academic standpoint.

Matt Dorsey's Take: Michigan State likes to have players with outstanding ball skills in the secondary. Savage's skill set compares favorably to 2014 commitment Vayante Copeland. As soon as Savage shows he has re-gained his 4.4 speed, look for several more scholarships roll in. It should not hurt the Spartans' chances with Savage that unlike some other teams involved in his recruitment, Mark Dantonio will not be on the coaching "hot-seat" anytime soon.



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