July 10, 2008
Fantuzzi ready for more offers
Macomb Dakota Offensive lineman Jeff Fantuzzi has quietly had a productive spring and summer. The 6-foot-4, 276-pound prospect has 5 scholarship offers on the table and could be poised to pick up more in the near future. Spartanmag.com caught up with Fantuzzi the other night and has the latest.
"I have offers from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Bowling Green and Western Michigan," he said. "Several other schools seem very close to offering."
Fantuzzi made a southern swing last month and was able to stop into several ACC and SEC schools. He has been getting regular correspondence from many of those schools since that trip in addition to Big Ten interest.
"I am hearing from Vanderbilt, Duke, North Carolina State and North Carolina. As far as the Big ten the schools are Northwestern Iowa, Purdue, Indian and Michigan State."
Though he doesn't have any Big Ten offers, Fantuzzi feels confident that fact could change in the near future. Recruiting is as much a numbers games as anything and Fantuzzi understands that it is likely only a matter of time before his number is called. For example new Spartan Nate Klatt was high on the board for Indian and Northwestern; both those schools will now have to shift their focus towards other prospects.
As far as Michigan State, the Spartan have always been one of the top choices for Fantuzzi. He is really looking forward to this weekend's camp in order to work with the Michigan Stat staff and show his stuff.
"I can't wait to be up there on Saturday he said. I wasn't able to make the other camp because I was still on my trip down south."
With the Spartans receiving a commitment from Nate Klatt, some would speculate that Fantuzzi will have an uphill battle in trying to garner and offer. While that may be the case, Saturday will be a great opportunity for him to show that he belongs in the conversation of the possible last OL spot.
Saturday's camp should have several other talented offensive line prospects in attendance. Hugh Thornton is one player that is expected to be there. Thornton already has a MSU offer. It would not be a surprise if Fantuzzi ends up working out in the same small group of players with Thornton.
Many have wondered if the Spartans could take more than three offensive line prospects for the class of 2009. While 3 seems t be the magic number, you never know what will happen with attrition. The Spartans have several offensive lie prospects that are fighting medical conditions. How they fare could impact the scholarship numbers at that spot.
Midwestern offensive line talent is on an upswing this year. The Spartans have offered players like Thornton, Kyle Koehne and Ryan Spiker. Fantuzzi is one of several talented prospects like Charles Chapman and Adam Schneid that will likely pick up multiple BCS offers at some point in their recruitment.
Spartanmag.com will have a complete rundown and in-depth camp coverage next week.
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