June 1, 2009

Glenville star likes Spartans

When it comes to producing talent, no school in the nation has had as impressive a run over the last decade as Glenville High School in Ohio. Michigan State is hoping to land one of the best players on the 2010 team, linebacker Jayrone Elliott. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect and got the latest.

Elliott has seen his offer list steadily expand the past few months. When SpartanMag.com caught up with him last night, he indicated that another team had joined in the competition for his services.

"Recruiting is going good, he said. "Syracuse just offered me, that makes 11 schools."

With 11 offers from schools like Michigan State, West Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Cincinnati and Minnesota, Elliott is easily one of the most sought after outside linebacker prospects in the Midwest.

Elliott offer list would surely be more if it wasn't for the fact that many MAC schools realize early on that Elliot was going to be a high-level BCS recruit and turned their attention to more realistic targets.

Several of the first offers Elliott received were from high-level programs like Michigan State. The Spartans were one of the first teams to offer Elliott and have been actively recruiting him ever since. Elliott's strong performance at Michigan State's Camp last summer coupled with a junior season where he racked up 15 sacks is what led to the early offer from head Coach Mark Dantonio.

SpartanMag.com asked Elliot is he had any summer plans as far as hitting college camps?

"Yes, I am going to be going to a lot of MAC and Big Ten schools," Elliott said. "This summer I will be on the bus tour.

Glenville Coach Ted Gin Sr. sponsors a bus tour that takes dozens of the best prospects in Ohio all around the Midwest to showcase their ability. The tour allows Ohio kids from all over the state to get increased exposure and earn scholarships. Elliott will be one of the marquee recruits on the tour. The bus will likely once again make a stop in East Lansing

Spartan Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi is handling the recruitment of Elliot for Michigan State and Coach Dantonio has also been involved. The Spartans high-level of interest and sincerity has paid off when it comes to Elliott's thoughts about the Green and White.

"I really like the Spartan because they have been watching me for a while," he said. "I can really see myself playing in a Spartan uniform."

The thought of Elliott wearing a Spartan uniform certainly has to be something Coach Dantonio and his staff would welcome. Michigan State has a long history of quality linebackers coming from Ohio, from Percy Snow and Dixon Edwards to Ike Reese and current All-American candidate Greg Jones.

Many assume that Glenville players are a done deal to Ohio State due to the connection the schools have had over the years. However, not all players from Glenville that has a Buckeye offer ended up in Columbus and some who were not offered by Ohio State have gone on to impressive careers. Former Tarblooders stars such as Kyle Jefferson (Wisconsin), Cordale Scott (Illinois), Royce Adams (Purdue) and Ray Fisher (Indiana) have all blazed successful paths elsewhere in the Big Ten. Could Michigan State be the next school where Glenville Tarblooder makes an impact?

SpartanMag.com will continue to track the recruitment of Elliott over the coming months. The Spartans are looking for players with the versatility to play both linebacker and defensive end. Elliott would be a strong addition if he does end up playing for Michigan State.

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