June 18, 2008

Ohio OL tours MSU, UM, Illinois

One of the top interior offensive line prospects in the Midwest this year is Ryan Spiker of Tri Valley High School in Ohio. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound prospect was in East Lansing earlier this week getting his first look at Michigan State University. Spartanmag.com caught up with the physical prospect and got the latest on his recruitment.

Spiker, who already counts the Spartans as one of his double-digit scholarship offers is in the process of touring several Big Ten schools. When Spartanmag.ocm spoke with him he was on his way homes from a whirlwind 1000-mile tour of Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. We asked him about the trip.

"It has been great. We started out at Michigan yesterday morning and then we went up to Michigan State. This morning I was at Illinois and then we stopped into Indiana. I am on my way home now."

So what impression did the schools on the trip make?

"We started at Michigan and it was nice there. Then we got up to Michigan State and got to tour the stadium and the facilities. It is really beautiful there. I camped at Illinois the next morning so I did get a lot of time to see things, but it was nice. This was my second time at Indiana. It is a lot like Michigan State as far as the campus."

Did you get a chance to speak with the coaches at Michigan State?

"Coach Dantonio was not there and neither was Coach Roushar, but I have talked with them before. Coach Tressel is my primary recruiter. I also got to talk with the strength coach and some of the other coaches, I liked them a lot."

Michigan State has already offered you a scholarship. Can you talk about where they see you playing and what they say they like about you?

"The like me as a guard prospect. They said they like how explosive I am. They like my first step. They said they saw everything they needed to see in my film."

As with many prospect in Ohio, Spiker indicated that he grew up a Buckeye fan and he will be camping at Ohio State this Friday. The Buckeyes are tight on scholarships and the rumor is they may only take 1 more in-state offensive line recruit for the class of 2009. Spiker is hoping a strong performance at the camp which will be attended my several other top Ohio OL prospects.

As many people know the Spartan staff has strong ties to the state of Ohio. The majority of coaches on the Spartan staff hail from or played football in Ohio. Spiker indicated that Coach Dantonio has a connection to him that is a bit unusual.

Coach Dantonio's dad was the principal at my school. His parents live about 15 minutes from me. When my dad was in school, Coach Dantonio's dad was his principal."
As far as a timetable for a decision, Spiker indicated that he is hoping to make his decision prior to his senior year.

Michigan State is not going to take a lot of offensive line prospects this year, and for that reason they want the ones they take to be good ones. Spiker is obviously one of the players Coach Dantonio wants to see in Green and White. If the Buckeyes do not offer Spiker don't be surprised if Coach Dantonio and Coach Roushar make a strong push to secure a talent player like Spiker.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow Spiker's recruitment and will be sure to update Michigan State fans as it unfolds.

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