March 2, 2009

Spartans after Glenville DE/LB

It is another great year for talent at Glenville Academy and Michigan State University is hoping to tap into the Tarblooder pipeline in 2010 and sign a player or two. One of the players they have already offered is 6-foot-3, 207-pound defensive end/linebacker prospect Jayrone Elliott. caught up with him last night and got some details on his recruitment.

As of last night, Elliott already had two BCS scholarships on the table, we asked him about that.

"Michigan State offered me back on February 12th and Indiana offered after that," he said. "West Virginia seems close to offering and I have been talking with Tennessee a lot too."

With his size and speed, it is possible that Elliott could project at multiple position. Last year he played mainly defensive end for Glenville Academy and was sable to get t the quarterback an impressive 15 times. The Spartans envision Elliott as a Julian Peterson type of hybrid player.

"Michigan State has said they like me as both a defensive end and a linebacker. Indiana likes me as a defensive end."

Elliott has already been to a couple of junior day functions and has several more trips planned this spring.

"I have been to junior days at Ohio State and Michigan State," he said "I am supposed to go to Cincinnati and I will probably also go to junior days at Indiana and Michigan. Boston College has invited me to come out there for a junior day, but that might be kind of far."

How was the Michigan State Junior Day?

"It was real cool," Elliott said. "We toured the new facilities and then we went to the basketball game. I got a chance to sit down with Coach (Ted) Gill, Coach (Pat) Narduzzi and Coach (Mark) Dantonio."

Defensive Corrdinator Pat Narduzzi serves as the primary recruiter of Elliott for Michigan State.

The visit to East Lansing was not the first time that Elliott had been on Michigan State's campus. Last summer Elliott camped at Michigan State with several of his Glenville Academy teammates.

As with most Glenville products, The Ohio State Buckeyes are always involved in his recruitment. Elliott indicated that he is not hearing as much from Ohio State as some other schools at this point in time. However, Ohio State has a history of picking up Glenville Aademy commitments late in the process. asked Elliott if he plans on waiting things out to the last minute and making a signing day decision?

"Hopefully, I will make my choice sometime during my senior season," he said. "I am not in a rush, but I want to make sure I make the best choice for me."

It is not surprising that Michigan State has offered Elliott so early in the process. Getting defensive end recruits is a priority for the class of 2010.

The Midwest has several quality pass rush recruit this year. Look for the Spartans to add at least three high-level defensive ends to the class.

Elliott is noo the only Glnveiiel Tarblooder the Spartans would like to add to the class. Coach Dantonio has also already offered defensive back Christian Bryant. Look for more on him in the near furture.

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