April 23, 2008

Dakota OL has offers

When it comes to football programs, it can be argued that the top program in Michigan the last 5 years is Macomb Dakota. Not only have the Cougars won two consecutive Division 1 titles, but they have sent multiple kids to every level of college football. In 2009 one of the players that will lead the team on the field is OL Nick Fantuzzi. SpartanMag.com spoke with the 6-foot-4, 281-pound prospect last night.
Fantuzzi is getting plenty of recruiting interest and we asked him about his early scholarship offers.

"Bowling Green was the first school to offer me," he said. "I went down there before spring break and I really liked it a lot. After that I went up to Central Michigan for a practice. I really liked how intense they were. After that I was able to talk with Coach Jones and he is a great guy. I was getting ready to leave and he told me they had a scholarship for me. That was exciting. I went down to Eastern Michigan because a lot of Dakota kids have gone down there and done well. They didn't know who I was, but they asked for my highlight film. Five minutes later they came back and said they had an offer for me."

As far as BCS schools that Fantuzzi is hearing from and looking at, the list is long and impressive.

"I went on a trip over spring break and we hit a bunch of schools. We visited Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, Indiana and Purdue. I also have been up to Michigan and Michigan State."

What are the Spartans saying to you?

"They are very interested. They have told me they just want to see me up to camp. I can totally respect that. I understand that it is a big decision and they want to have a chance to work with a layer and see how coachable he is and how hard he works."

As SpartanMag.com has stated in several updates, Under Coach Dantonio the Spartans place a priority on having an opportunity to work with the lineman personally. Players like Anthony Woods, John Deyo and Ethan Ruhland all earned their Spartan offer while at camp.

As far as camps thus summer, Fantuzzi plan on hitting several one-day camps. In addition to Michigan State, he plans on hitting the Michigan camp on June 8th and will also attend the NIKE Camp in Columbus on May 9th.

If Fantuzzi does get offered by the Spartans could he make a decision?

"I don't want to say that I am favoring any school right now, but there are a few schools that I could commit to if I was offered. If I don't have offers from those schools, I will probably wait a few weeks into my season and take a few official visits to the schools that offered me and then make my decision."

At 6-foot-4, Fantuzzi projects as an interior offensive line prospect at the Big Ten level. SpartanMag.com has scouted Fantuzzi junior highlight film and our first impression was that he looks very similar to former Spartan Gordon Niebylski. Niebylski was in a similar position in that he had numerous MAC offers prior to camps and then earned his multiple Big Ten offers with summer camps and a strong senior season.

SpartanMag.com will be keeping in contact with Fantuzzi over the coming weeks. Michigan State has had a lot of success with Dakota lineman over the past few years. Former Spartan Captain Kyle Cook came out of Dakota and current lineman John Stipek graduated from Dakota in 2006. One thing you can be sure of is that Fantuzzi will come into college with a strong work ethic and be fundamentally sound.

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