January 11, 2009
Muma has offers, options
A few weeks ago Spartanmag.com profiled Kevin Muma as a prospect that Michigan State was very interested in adding to the class of 2009. At the time the Troy High School product had an official visit lined up to Michigan State, but did not have a scholarship offer on the table. Things have change in the past few days and Muma now has offers and options to consider.
The 6-0, 175-pound Muma had an outstanding season for the Troy High. Playing quarterback and kicker, Muma helped the Colts to a 6-4 record and a playoff berth. On the season Muma connected on 12 of 19 field goals, including a school record 52-yarder. He put close to 80% of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks and was 32 of 35 on extra-points.
He also totaled close to 1500-yards of offense from his quarterback spot. For all of his efforts as a kicker, Muma was named All-Conference, All-North, All-Area, All-State and a Free Press Dream Team Selection.
Muma was in East Lansing this weekend with his family watching the Spartan basketball team defeat the Jayhawks. The visit was in an unofficial capacity, but he did get a chance to speak with Coach Dantonio. It is a bit ironic that he was watching the Jayhawks and Spartans as it is very likely that he will play his college football in either East Lansing or Lawrence.
"Kansas has offered me a scholarship, he said. I am going to take an official visit there next weekend (16th)."
Much like the Spartans, the Jayhawks are looking for someone with a big leg. Kansas does return their field goal and extra points kicker, junior to be Jacob Branstetter, but they are looking to upgrade the kickoff situation.
The Spartans graduated kickoff specialist Todd Boleski this year and All-Big Ten Kicker Brett Swenson will be a senior this coming fall.
We asked Muma about his situation with Michigan State as far as a scholarship.
"They said they have as scholarship for me. They are just waiting to see what a few guys like Dion Sims and a few defensive ends do. If they don't get those guys I would go on scholarship this year. If they do, then I would go on scholarship next January. I also would have a chance to go scholarship if I won the kickoff duty for this fall."
The Spartans tight scholarship situation is playing a factor here, but it is obvious that they want to figure out a way to get Muma on the team and get him on scholarship.
Muma indicated that he still intends on taking an official visit to Michigan State with his family. That way he will be able to compare the Jayhawks and the Spartans and weigh the options. Michigan State should also have a much better idea about the recruitment of players like Dion Sims and Michael Buchanan they next time they host Muma on campus.
In addition to his football recruitment, Muma is also helping Troy High School to a very good season on the hardwood. The Colts are a perfect 6-0 at this point and Muma is a big reason why. Tomorrow Troy will play Rochester Adams which could be an early showdown for supremacy in the Oakland Activities Association.
SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Muma over the next few weeks. If Muma does end up in playing for Michigan State, it would be another example of Mark Dantonio and his staff focusing on the home front when it comes to recruiting.
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