September 6, 2009

Schofner: “It was awesome”

The Michigan State staff has been hoping to get offensive tackle Skyler Schofner of Big Walnut High School on campus for a long time. This past weekend the 6-foot-7, 295-pound prospect made the trip to East Lansing for an unofficial visit and came away impressed with what he saw of the Spartan program.

Back in January SpartanMag.com observed Schofner perform at the U.S. Army All-American Combine. At the time we were unaware who he was, but we knew he was going to be a big time recruit before all is said and done. Fast forward six months and not only does Schofner hold over 20 scholarship offers, but he is one of the top recruits on the board for Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans.

The 37th ranked offensive tackle prospect in the nation made his way to East Lansing this weekend and had a lot of positives to say about his time at Michigan State University.

"It was awesome," he said. "I really liked it a lot there. I am definitely going to get back up there to visit again. I think I am going to come up the weekend of the Iowa game."

The Spartans already have two other Ohio offensive line prospects committed for the class of 2010 in Travis Jackson of Columbus Desales and Michael Dennis of Carey. Getting a commitment from Schofner would not only give them an All-Ohio offensive line class, but one of the top groups in the Big Ten.

Spartan Coach Mike Tressel serves as the primary recruiter of Schofner for Michigan State, but he indicated that he has developed a good rapport with much of the staff.

"Talking with the coaches went real well, I got to talk with all of them. I also talked with Coach Dantonio. I enjoyed talking with him, he was real cool."

Did you get a chance to talk with any of the Spartan players or recruits that were at the game?

"I talked to a few of the offensive linemen for a little bit, but I do not remember their names. I spent some time with Joe Boisture and William Gholston. We hung out and they are real good guys."

Schofner transferred schools this past year and is now playing for Big Walnut. SpartanMag.com asked him about the transition to his new school and how the season is going so far.

"Everything is going great, he said. "I could not be happier. We are currently 2-0 and this week we have a big game vs. Olentangy. It is our first home game."

As we stated above, Rivals.com rates Schofner the #37th best offensive tackle prospect in the nation and a 3-star recruit. He is the highest rated 3-star prospect in the state of Ohio by Rivals.com, checking in at #16. A strong senior season against better competition than he faced in his junior year could certainly lead to him making the jump to a 4-star recruit.

SpartanMag.com did ask Schofner if after visiting Michigan State if he had a favorite or a list of favorites and he had the following to say:

"Let's just say I have been narrowing the list and Michigan State is a great place. I want the fans to know that Michigan State is a school that I like a lot."

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow-up with Schofner in the coming weeks. The Spartans currently have 12 commitments and are once again putting together one of the top rated classes in the Big Ten and the nation under Coach Dantonio. A player like Schofner would only serve to make the Michigan State class of 2010 that much more impressive.


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