December 13, 2007
Dysert has decision to make
Back in June, SpartanMag.com spoke with quarterback Zac Dysert of Ada High School in Ohio. The 6-foot- 3, 190-pound prospect had the following to say about his recruitment:Will the Redhawks actually risk losing Dysert by giving him an ultimatum?
"A lot of people keep telling me to wait because I will get more offers, but I am not really sure," he said.
In the end Dysert decided to pull the trigger early and committed early to Miami of Ohio over offers from schools like Cincinnati and Kansas.
Rivals.com rates Dysert a 3-star recruit and the #22 pro-style quarterback in the nation for the class of 2008. His commitment was an impressive coup for the Redhawk's program.
SpartanMag.com was able to scout Dysert at the Michigan State camp and we were convinced that he would pick up several additional scholarship offers if he continued to progress throughout his senior year. That is exactly what happened, as both the Michigan State Spartans and the Pittsburg Panthers have recently offered Dysert.
The offer from the Spartans has obviously made Dysert's recruitment a bit more difficult. While Dysert know he made a commitment to the Redhawks, he also understands that the opportunity to play in the Big Ten against teams like Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan is nothing to take lightly.
SpartanMag.com spoke with Dysert about the situation he is facing and he was very candid with us about where he stands.
"I really do not know what I am going to do right now," Dysert said. "I guess I am going to have to think things over some more. I spoke with Michigan State again today and they want me to come up there for a visit. They have said I could come up there for an official visit in January when school is back in session. They also said I could come up to see a bowl practice, but I have two basketball games this weekend so I can't make it."
So are you going to take the visit and what has Miami said about this?
"I am not sure yet if I will visit Michigan State," Dysert said. "Miami has told me that if I take the visit then essentially I will be de-committing from them and they could offer other quarterbacks."
Obviously some of Dysert's trepidation about visiting Michigan State is that he does not want to lose what he already has. On the other hand, he also understands that the opportunity at Michigan State is significant.
The two questions that obviously must be asked are:
Are the Spartans targeting any other quarterbacks for the class of 2008?
Obviously SpartanMag.com cannot speak for the intentions of the Redhawk's staff, but we did do some research on Michigan State quarterback prospects.
Since speaking with Dysert on Sunday night, SpartanMag.com has contacted several other quarterback recruits that Michigan State was at one point recruiting. Besides Terrelle Pryor and EJ Manuel we have not been able to find any other quarterbacks that the staff has offered. Manuel is a Florida State commitment and Pryor is focused on Ohio State, Florida and Oregon.
Based on our research Dysert is the top quarterback the Spartans are targeting with the scholarship for the class of 2008.
For a long time it looked as if the Spartans would not take a quarterback for the class of 2008, but recent scholarship number developmenets have opened up a spot. The fact that a player like Devin Thomas could go to the NFL opens up a sdscholrship and normal attrition is also sure to occur.
As far as when Dysert will make a decision on whether or not he will visit Michigan State, he doesn't seem to be in a rush. Right now the most important thing to Dysert is helping his Ada High School basketball team win a championship. The last two years Dysert has helped lead his team to an overall record of 38-6. He indicted that this year's team should be even better.
SpartanMag.com will continue to monitor this situation closely. Top programs recruit a quality quarterback every year when they have they scholarship room available. Michigan State is fortunate enough to now have the room and to still have a shot at a quarterback like Dysert.
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