March 27, 2008

McCord checks out Spartans

One of the prospect that SpartanMag.com was impressed with from a physical standpoint at the Rivals.com Five-Star Academy Day was Aaron McCord of Detroit Crockett High School. McCord checked in at a solid 6-foot-3, 275-pounds and carried the weight well. That is up from the 261-ponds that is listed in the Rivals database. The 261-pounds was from the All-American combine held at the beginning of January.


SpartanMag.com caught up with McCord last night and he gave us some details on his recruitment and what his plans are for the coming weeks.

"I went to Michigan State's junior day after the Rivals Academy," he said. "I was able to speak with all of the coaches. I actually went back up to Michigan State to check out a practice earlier this week. I had a good time. I am getting to know all of the coaches better and I like that."

McCord is listed as a defensive tackle in the Rivals.com database. We asked if that is the position the Spartans are recruiting him for?

"They have said they are looking at me for both offensive and defensive line," McCord said. "When I was at practice I was able to watch both positions. They practice right next to each other so that was good to see. They (Michigan State) have talked about wanting to se me at camp and if things go well I will get a scholarship. I think they are close."

If history is any indication, look for the Spartans to wait until camp to offer McCord. Last year the Spartans waited until camp to offer offensive and defensive line prospect like Ethan Ruhland, Jerel Worthy, Anthony Woods and John Deyo. Even a few of the line prospect who did not end up in Green and White were not offered until they came to East Lansing and worked one-on-one with Coach Dan Roushar or Coach Ted Gill.

The Spartans have shown a lot of early interest in McCord and that has apparently paid off.

"Coach (Dan) Enos came to my school back in January and he keeps I touch with my coach. They can't call us right now, but I get lots of stuff from them. Michigan State is doing a real good job recruiting in-state kids and I like that," he said.

In addition to the Spartans, McCord is getting regular interest from Big Ten teams like Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

"Coach (Eric) Campbell, who used to be at Michigan, is now at Iowa and he has kept in-touch with me. I went to Michigan's Junior Day last week and met with all the coaches there, it was cool. Coach (Tony) Dews is recruiting me from there. I am also hearing from Minnesota, UConn, Virgina and a lot of other schools too."

McCord told us that he plans on staying in the Midwest and would like to play for a school where his friends and family would have an opportunity to see him play. However, he did indicate that he would not mind visiting one school in particular.

"I just got a letter from USC and they were asking to see my film. If USC offered me a scholarship I would definitely take a visit out there," he said.

The Trojans are trying to make it a habit of coming into Michigan and getting high-level players. Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff firmly believe that if the Spartans keep he best players in Michigan close to home, they will be playing the Trojans in Pasadena in January. That is the reason whey they have put so much emphasis on in-state recruiting.

McCord has a busy next few weeks planned. This coming weekend he will be heading to Columbus, Ohio to participate in the NIKE Combine. Later this spring he will head out to Penn State University to participate in the NIKE camp He also plans on attending the MichigaPreps Combine held in Wixom, Michigan.

The NIKE Camp at Penn State will have multiple coaches from pretty much every BCS school in the nation and SpartanMag.com will be on hand to cover that event. McCord will get a chance to work with and go against many of the best offensive and defensive line prospect in the nation.

Stay tuned to SpartanMag.com for al the latest information on McCord and his recruitment.

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