May 29, 2008

Michigan tight end picks up offers

Michigan State is looking to add at least one tight end to the class of 2009. The state of Michigan has a few players that are on the radar of several Big Ten programs, including the Spartans. Mitch Kessel of Birmingham Seaholm High School is one of the players the Spartan staff is taking a close look at.

Kessel was very busy this spring. A host of college coaches stopped by to see the 6-foot-5, 245-pound recruit in person. Schools such as Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin all made the trip to Seaholm to evaluate him and meet with his coach.

"A bunch of schools were in to see me," Kessel said. "Pretty much all of the Big Ten as well as a bunch of MAC schools. I was offered scholarships by Miami of Ohio and Central Michigan. Eastern Michigan stopped by earlier this week and I think they are supposed to send me an offer too."

One of the interesting aspects about Kessel's recruitment is that he is being recruited for several different positions depending on the needs of the school.

"Michigan is saying they want me as an offensive tackle" he said. "Michigan State says tight end. Other schools have said tight end or defensive line."

Kessel did not indicate a position of preference, but it is obvious that the difference in the offensive system run by the Spartans and Wolverines is impacting how they are recruiting him.

The Spartans employ a pro-style offense that relies on a power run game and play-action. For that reason the tight end plays an important role in both the run and passing game. The Wolverines are switching to a read-option spread offense that relies more on wide receiver prospect than tight ends. They like Kessel as a mobile tackle prospect.

Kessel is in the process of finalizing his summer camp plans. It is very likely that summer camps will be when Kessel receives additional scholarship offers. Most teams have told him they just want the opportunity to work with him personally before they make the decision on whether to offer him or not.

"I know I am going to Michigan's camp and I also plan on going to camp at Minnesota," he said. "I will be up at Michigan State for a 7-on-7 as well. I am sure I will go to some more camps, but I am not sure which ones yet."

As far as a favorite school Kessel stated that he is still pretty much wide open at this juncture.

"I don't really have my mind set on one team or another. I want to visit the schools see what offers I get and then I will have a better idea."

Kessel recently attended the Combine that was held in Wixom, Michigan. At that event he showed very well. He had one of the best 40-yard dash and shuttle times for his size and was also extremely strong. That performance did nothing but enhance his overall recruiting stock. will continue to stay in contact with Kessel over the coming weeks. We will be sure to keep an eye out for him at the Spartans summer camp. With the current depth situation at tight end, you can be sure that Michigan State Tight End Coach Mark Staten will want to work with Kessel extensively.

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