January 16, 2011

Glenville LB close to being a Spartan?

The Michigan State Coaching Staff has put in a lot of time and effort recruiting players from Cleveland Glenville High School the past few years. That persistence could payoff in the near future as linebacker Frank Clark was in East Lansing and had a lot of positive things to say. SpartanMag.com caught up with Clark and got the details.

Clark, who is rated a 3-star recruit by rivals.com, currently has scholarship offers from Michigan State, Michigan, North Carolina and California. The visit to East Lansing was Clark's 2nd official recruiting trip and there is a chance it could be his last, especially if East Lansing is where he wants to play his college football.

SpartanMag.com asked Clark about his time at Michigan State.

"I think it was one of the best visits anyone could have," Clark stated. "I really liked the coaches' welcoming attitudes. There is a nice chance that I could be there (Michigan State) in the near future. My host was Denzel Drone, but I hung out with practically the whole team."

As many Spartan fans know, Head Coach Mark Dantonio does not push or pressure kids to make commitment on official visits. He feels it is better to follow-up with the recruit at home a few days later so they can be 100% sure of their college decision. That approach has allowed Michigan State to have virtually no de-commitments in 5 years, a fact that is almost unheard of in today's cut-throat environment.

We asked Clark about the staff following up with him and what Coach Dantonio said he specifically liked about him?

"Coach Dantonio said he really likes my speed and overall athletic ability," Clark said. They want me as a linebacker prospect. "Coach Dantonio is supposed to come to see me and my family next week."

His overall athletic ability is something Clark talked about when we asked him about his current measurables.

"I am 6-foot-3 and 210-pounds," he said. "I have been clocked as fast as 4.44 second in the forty-yard dash, I have a 38-inch vertical jump and I have a standing broad jump of over 10-feet."

Those numbers put Clark in rare company. Interestingly those numbers are similar to the ones put up by linebacker Chris Norman a few years ago when he tested out at Michigan State's Camp.

Some have wondered why Michigan State is loading up on linebacker prospect this year. The reason is very simple. Last year the Spartans only signed 1 linebacker, Max Bullough, and it is possible that All-American Lawrence Thomas could end up putting a hand down and playing some defensive end opposite of William Gholston. Thoams is already around 6-foot-4, 250-pounds). Those two reasons make it imperative that the staff brings in a top notched linebacker class. Adding Clark would certainly help achieve that goal.

As far as other official visits, it is possible that Clark may decide that he is done with his visits. Michigan State has a limited amount of scholarship left for the class of 2011. The players that were on campus this weekend were all Plan A recruits, but the Spartans do not have room for all of them as well as the uncommitted players that visited in December.

Stay tuned to SpartanMag.com for all the latest news. We will be following up with Clark in the coming days to get updated details about his recruitment.

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