December 9, 2009

Kruse looking for more offers

One of the best in-state prospects that is still on the radar of several Big Ten teams is Connor Kruse of Lowell High School. Michigan State is taking a close look at the 6-foot-4, 305-pounder offensive line prospect and recently visited his high school. caught up with Kruse and has the latest.

Kruse just finished up a great season for the Red Arrows. Lowell (13-1) defeated Inkster High School by a score of 27 to 6 to win the Division 2 State Championship. Cruse helped anchor an offense that was responsible for averaging over 40 points per contest. For his efforts, Kruse received numerous individual accolades.

"I was named 1st team All-State and Michigan Dream Team," he said.

Cruse has had a scholarship offer from the Western Michigan Broncos for quite some time now. His strong senior season though has the attention of many, including Michigan State Offensive Line Coach Dan Roushar. Coach Roushar stopped into Lowell High School yesterday to see Cruse.

"I talked with Coach Roushar this morning," Cruse said. We talked about where I was in the recruiting process and where I am at with the Michigan State program.

Did Coach Roushar provide some insight into where you stand on the list and if a scholarship offer could be forthcoming?

"Coach Roushar says he likes me a lot and would like for me to be a part of the program, but right now he does not have a scholarship offer to give out to an offensive lineman. He said he is talking to Coach Dantonio about taking another offensive lineman."

As Cruse indiacted, whether Michigan State decides to offer him will likely come down to scholarship numbers. The Spartans are trying to fill out the final few slots for the class of 2010. Depending on how they address other position could determine if they have a scholarship spot for another offensive lineman.

As of right now Cruse doesn't have any definitive plans as far as when he will make his decision. Much will depend on how things play-out over the coming weeks. As his senior film gets in the hands of more college coaches, his offer list could expand.

No matter where Cruse ends up, that school will be getting a very solid player. Cruse has worked very hard the past few years developing his game. His hard work, coupled with the quality coach he gets from Noel Dean and his staff at Lowell, makes it very likely that he is going to have a strong college career. will be sure to follow-up with Cruse over the coming weeks and report any recruiting news.

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