June 27, 2008

Detroit DT looking at MSU, UM and Wisc.

Detroit Crockett High School defensive tackle Aaron McCord has been making the camp rounds this summer. SpartanMag.com recently caught up with the 6-foot-3, 270-pound prospect last night and got the latest information on his recruitment.

McCord already has scholarship offers from Central Michigan and Ball state University. He camped at Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois.

SpartanMag.com asked him about his camp experience

"I just got back from Wisconsin. I was out there with Shamari Benton and Jamonne Chester. Wisconsin really impressed me. I really liked the school and the facilities. I spent a lot of time with the coaches there. They seem like they could be close to offering. They have two defensive line commitments and plan on taking two more."

What about the Spartans and Wolverines?

"As far as Michigan and Michigan State, the coaches have told me the same. They both said they have a few guys above me that have offers, but they like me and are going to keep in touch."

McCord indicated that he enjoyed the Spartan Camp, but he does have one regret.

"We had to leave a bit early and I was unable to participate in the 1 on 1 drills. Marcus Hall was there from Glenville and I would have liked to have gone up against him and some of the other guys as well."

While not participating in the 1 on 1 drills is not a deal-breaker, it certainly would not have hurt McCord stock if he performed well in that portion of the camp. McCord would have had an opportunity to not only go up against Hall, but some other quality offensive linemen like Adam Schneid of Avon lake, Ohio and Spartan commitment Micajah Reynolds of Lansing Sexton High School.

McCord indicated that as far as camps he is pretty much done for the summer. Michigan State does still have a 1-day camp on the 12th of July. Spartanmag.cok will keep an eye out for McCord just in case he does show up to work with Coach Gill some more and compete in the 1 on 1 drills that will be held at the end of the session.

Players like McCord that have multiple MAC offers and quality size often end up getting higher level BCS offers. Sometimes it takes a strong a little longer to get the offer, but that is not an indication of how successful they may become. Current Spartans starting DT Justin Kershaw waited until after his senior campaign to get his Michigan State offer.

In other recruiting news:

  • Offensive line prospect Jeff Fantuzzi of Macomb Dakota has a solid list of offers at this point: Central Michigan Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green and Northern Illinois. Fantuzzi was supposed to attend that Spartan Camp in June, but was out of town and now plans on attending the July 12th Camp. Fantuzzi will certainly get a close look by the Spartans.
  • The Spartans have offered both Devin Gardner and Robert Bolden for the class of 2010. The Spartans are looking to take only one quarterback and both players are extremely talented. The combination of Bolden and Gardner could be the most talented duo of quarterbacks to come out of Michigan since Ryan Van Dyke and Drew Henson came out a little over a decade ago.

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