April 28, 2009

Spartans Host Big-Time Ohio DE

One of the top players on the recruiting board for Head Coach mark Dantonio and the Michigan state Spartans is Jibreel Black of Wyoming High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. This past weekend Black was in East Lansing checking out the Green and White Game. SpartanMag.com spoke with the talented 6-foot-2, 260-pound prospect and got the latest on his recruitment.

Michigan State is working the defensive end position very hard this recruiting season. One of the players they have identified as a high-level prospect is Black. Coach Dantonio offered him several weeks ago and this past weekend the Spartans had a chance to host black on campus.

"This was my first visit to Michigan State Black said."I really liked it a lot. The facilities there are all new and the coaching staff was great."

While on campus Black was able to speak with Coach Dantonio.

"Coach Dantonio really wants to make sure his players get a degree. I liked hearing that. Academics are important to me. That is going to be an important part of my decision."

Black is very familiar with the recruiting process. His brother is a player for Indiana and the Hoosiers are one of the teams he is also taking a close look at. Black has over 20 offers in all including the Spartans, Hoosiers, Wolverines, Boilermakers and Bearcats. We asked him about what his next steps are as far as the recruiting process.

"I am going to go to a few camps this summer. I know I am going to camp at Indiana and Cincinnati, and I will be at Michigan State for sure as well. I will probably hit a few more. I plan on taking all five of my official visits before I make my choice."

Black enjoyed his time meeting with the Spartans staff. His primary recruiter is Coach Harlon Barnett and he has spoken with Coach Ted Gill as well.

"Coach Barnett stopped by school today (Monday), he said. Michigan State thinks I would have a great chance to play early there. They like me as a strong-side defensive end that could also bump inside and play some three to mix things up."

Michigan State has had a lot of luck with Cincinnati are prospect since coach Dantonio arrived. In his first year he landed All-Big ten linebacker Greg Jones. In 2008 it was Jerel Worthy, who looks to be a future stalwart at defensive tackle. You can be sure the staff will be working hard to get Black to join the Spartan family.

As a junior Black was a 1st team All-League and an All-City selection. He finished his junior season with 62 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Stay tund to SpartanMag.com for future updates on this "Plan A" Michigan State recruit.

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