February 27, 2014
Spartans after #1 player in Wisconsin
In 2014 Michigan State added the #1 player in 3 separate states, including Wisconsin. Coach Dantonio is hoping to repeat that feat in 2015 and offensive lineman Jon Dietzen of Seymour High School is at the top of the list. SpartanMag.com has some details on his recruitment.
Michigan State knows that championships are won in the trenches and for that reason the staff is after some of the best in the Midwest and the includes the 6-foot-6, 305-pound Dietzen.
Dietzen is rated the pre-season #1 recruit in Wisconsin for the class of 2015 as well as the #42 offensive tackle in the nation by rivals.com. That position ranking may be a bit low when you look at Dietzen list of teams that have offered him.
"I have offers from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Illinois," he said. "I plan on visiting Michigan State and Illinois in the near future, but I don't have any dates set"
Early offers from three of the Big Ten heavyweight programs is a strong indication of just how talented a prospect Dietzen is. Those programs do not throw out offers without having first done a thorough evaluation.
We asked Dietzen about his contact with the Spartans and receiving a scholarship from the Rose Bowl Champions.
"My coach, Matt Molle, and I talked with Coach Staten about where I could fit in on the Spartans team and what their team philosophy is all about. Afterwards,
Coach Staten informed my coach of the offer, who then told me."
Being from Wisconsin, Dietzen primary recruiter form Michigan State will be Brad Salem. Coach Salem has done a tremendous job over the last few years bringing talented players such a Trey Wayne's, RJ Shelton, Dylan Chmura and Craig Evans to East Lansing. Having Coach Staten involved this early is a sure sign that Dietzen is a player the staff wants to get on campus this spring and build rapport with.
As far as his thoughts on Michigan State, Dietzen offered the following.
"I could see myself fitting in real well with the Spartans, they have that hard working blue collar mentality that I like to think I have as well."
Dietzen is looking forward dot learning more about all the programs that are actively recruiting him. He has a very good idea of what he is looking for in a college.
"I'm mostly looking for a place that is a good fit for me and will benefit me academically as well as athletically," Dietzen said. "In addition, it's always good to have a great environment and atmosphere within the team and coaching staff."
SpartanMag.com will be keeping in contact with Dietzen over the coming weeks. It is very likely that Michigan State will invite him out for a visit during March or April. The staff likes to have prospect on campus to observe a spring practice session, sit in on position meetings and meet some of the players. If Dietzen makes and visit we will have all the details.
It will not be easy for Michigan State sign the #1 player in Wisconsin 2 consecutive years. With that said, if you look at the success players from Wisconsin have had and are having since Coach Salem was hired, it is hard to deny that the Spartans have a lot to offer.
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