November 4, 2012

In-State DE close to a Spartan offer?

Every year a few players have great senior years and see their recruiting stock rise significantly. Sometimes these late rising recruits are better prospect than players who have had offers for months. That might be the case with Andre Turner of Chandler Park Academy. caught up with him and got the details on his recruitment.

Earlier this fall Turner made a commitment to Western Michigan University, but that decision was viewed as a "soft" verbal and he has continued to field interest from several other schools. Michigan State is one of the schools that has been turning up the heat on Turner's recruitment in recent weeks. We asked him about his contact with the Spartans.

"Michigan State just saw my highlight tape and said they were impressed with what they saw," Turner said. "The head coach wants to have a sit down meeting with me in person. I am going to do that soon."

Turner's increased interest is due to him adding some quality size and strength over the past few months and then translating that to the football filed. We asked him about his senior season and what other teams are also in the mix.

"I am 6-foot-4 220-pounds and Illinois just offered me," he said. "I didn't get my end of season update, but after week 8 I was told I had 41 tackles and 18 sacks."

Turner has been to Michigan State on several occasions and he talked with us about his contact with the Spartans.

"I know William Gholston. I speak with him almost every time I visit. I speak with Coach Samuel the most. I really like Michigan State. Their engineering program seems to have a lot to offer the atmosphere there is great."

As has indicates on several occasions scholarships are at a premium right now. With that being said, we look for there to be some attrition between now and signing day be it players leaving for the NFL or deciding they need to drop down to a lower level of competition. If the Spartans can find a spot do not be surprised if they look to have Turner on campus for an official visit in January.

The University of Wisconsin is also very tight on scholarships for the class of 2013 and they have been able to convince quality in-state prospects like Hayden Biegel and Autsin Ramesh to accept grey-shirt opportunities and go on scholarship January of 2014. It will be interesting if Michigan State decides to follow suit considering they are sitting in a good position with several in-state players from the class of 2013 that they would like to have if they can find thee room.

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