October 28, 2012
Chicago RB to visit MSU?
Michigan State will be looking to add a dynamic running back to the class of 2014 and one of the players they have their eyes on is Mikale Wilbon of Chicago De La Salle High School in Illinois. SpartanMag.com caught up with this outstanding prospect and got the latest details on his junior season and his recruitment.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Wilbon is a dynamic player who has the ability to churn out the hard yards as well as break the big runs. We asked him about his junior season for the Meteors.
"We didn't make it to playoffs sad to say, and I got hurt in my fourth game with a knee sprain," Wilbon stated. "I stayed out longer for precautionary reasons. During the 4-game span I played, I had 863 yards with 12 touchdowns (11rush and 1receiving). We ended up 4-5. Before I got hurt we were 3-1."
Wilbon already has multiple BCS offers on the table and he is a player that the Spartans are taking a serious look at as far as a potential scholarship offer. We asked him about how the recruiting process is going so far.
"Recruiting is going very well at this point," he said. "I have offers from Illinois, Iowa and Purdue. Arizona State is close to offering as well. The schools that are also showing interest are Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Indiana, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt."
Wilbon is familiar with the Spartan program and he spoke with us about the school she has already visited this fall and where what schools he will be checking out in the coming weeks.
"I actually like Michigan State," Wilbon said. "They stay in contact with me, but not as often as they did during the summer. I would love to get an offer from them because I like their program and I would most definitely put them under consideration. I've been to two games this fall Iowa and Michigan. I'm going to try to go to Purdue this weekend then Michigan State the weekend after that. I plan on going to Ohio State on November 24th."
If Wilbon is in East Lansing on November 10th he could see a game with serious Legend Division implications. Depending on what happens this weekend when the Spartans take on Nebraska, the Northwestern game could have major championship ramifications.
Though he has a solid list of scholarship offers already on the table and is being very proactive about checking out schools, Wilbon is not in a hurry to make his college choice. He spoke with us about his time-table and what he is looking for.
"I plan on making my choice my senior year maybe on signing day so I can look into every program that offers me," Wilbon said "The main factors I am looking for in a program include family atmosphere, good offensive line, good coaching staff, pro-style offense, education (I want to major in Business), and location is a factor because I want my mom and dad to come to the games and support me."
SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Wilbon as it unfolds in the coming months. As of right now Michigan State does not have an heir apparent to Le'Veon Bell, though several players will certainly fight for that spot. As Bell showed, The Spartans will play the best player no matter what class of how many stars they may or may not have next to their name. The bottom line is performance on the field and that is something Wilbon has been very effective at so far in his career.
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