April 25, 2011

Spartans looking closely at Indiana prospects

It is a good year for talent in the state of Indiana and the Michigan State Spartans are actively recruiting several players from there. Spartanmag.com was able to catch up with several prospects from there last night and got the details on their recruitment.

LB Jordan Wallace of Warren Central High School.

The 6-foot-1, 218-pound prospect already holds scholarship offers from Big Ten programs Illinois and Indiana. He and his brother, Spartan wide receiver prospect Kevin Davis, were in Champaign this past weekend for the Fighting Illini spring game.

We asked him about the visit and his thoughts on Michigan State University.

"We had a good time," Wallace said. "Coach Zook said he could really uses players like me and my brother Kevin. We have talked with the coaches at Michigan State. They want us to come to camp in order to get an offer. We plan on going there and several other camps as well. Pittsburgh, Florida and Mississippi State all seem close to offering."

Wallace is very familiar with the Spartan program and in a recent update for OrangeandBlueNews.com he described his style of play as being very similar to a former Spartan.

"I would say Greg Jones from Michigan State and Ian Thomas from Illinois. After seeing Greg Jones play, it was obvious that he is a ball hawk that has the ability to get through blocks. Jones also has great leadership, and that's a trait that I try to bring to my defense."

Wallace indicated that as of right now he is not in a hurry to make a college selection. When he make his choice will likely have a lot to do with who offers and when those offers come. With the spring evaluation period about to start and summer camp to follow, look for his offer list to expand greatly over the coming weeks.

TE/DE Pierre Aka of Indianapolis Pike High School

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound aka has seen his offer list steadily increase this winter and now he is just waiting for some of the big boys to come through with scholarship offers. Aka currently has 8 scholarships on the table, but is still waiting for Big ten heavyweights such as Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State to come through.

We asked Aka about his summer plans and Michigan State.

"Yes I have talked with Coach Warner," Aka stated. "He said they really want me to come to camp. They like me as a tight end. I plan on going to camps this summer at LSU, Mississippi State Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn state, and Indiana for right now."

Like may prospects, Aka is not in a hurry to make his college choice. Academics are a key aspect for him and he wants to learn as much as h can about each school from both a football and scholastic aspect. Aka would like to study Nuclear Engineering in college.

"I think I will take some official visits, so I probably won't decide until after my senior season," he stated. "Going to a school with good academic and a football program that cares about the players and helping then through their college experience."

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep an eye out for Aka at the Spartan 1-Day Elite Player Camp. The University f Michigan was actively involved with Aka, but that may have change slightly due to the Wolverines taking commitments from two tight end prospects last week. The Spartans obviously like his ability to block and be physical at the point of attack form the tight end spot.

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