June 8, 2007

Novi's Hoover has huge upside

Back in April at the Green and White game SpartanMag.com kept a close eye out for recruits that were in attendance. One player we were able to recognize was defensive end prospect Tyler Hoover of Novi High School. It was not hard to spot Hoover, at 6-foot-7, 255-pounds he towered over most people.
After the game many of the recruits and their families were able to speak with the coaches down on the field. From what we saw, it was obvious the Spartan staff is hoping to add the Hoover to the class of 2008 and have him be a foundation on the defensive line for the next 4 years. Coach Dantonio, Coach Enos and Coach Narduzzi all took time out to personally speak with Hoover. We caught up with Hoover last night and he gave us some details about his recruitment and his summer plans.
Hoover has had a busy spring from a recruiting standpoint. Schools from all over the country have been in contact with him and most have extended him a scholarship offer. When we spoke, he indicated that his offer total had once again increased.
"I just got offers from Illinois, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Those are the three most recent ones. I think I have around twenty offers now"
The teams that make up his list of offers come from just about ever BCS Conference in the nation, including the Big East, SEC and ACC. In addition, Hoover is one of only a handful of in-state prospects that have an offer from both the Spartans and Wolverines.
Hoover attended a NIKE Camp last month in California and represented midwestern football talent well. He was selected as one of the top players at the event. The consensus from the coaches and analysts in attendance was that players with his size and ability don't come around very often.
The Spartan staff has been in frequent contact with Hoover throughout the entire recruiting process. "Michigan State keeps in-touch. Coach Enos is my primary recruiter and Coach Narduzzi has also been to the school as well. The coaches can't call right now, but I can contact them. I am going up top Michigan State on the 22nd for a day of camp, he said
The Spartans are having an Elite Day of Camp on the 22nd. Instead of hosting hundreds of prospects, this camp will be smaller and allow coaches to work with prospect more individually. This camp will be similar to the Senior Elite Camp held at Ohio State every year. "I am looking forward to working with the coaches," Hoover said. The rapport he has with the staff will likely go a long way toward determining where Hoover eventually decides to continue to football career and further his education."
There has been some speculation on some other Internet sites that Hoover could possibly project as a tight end or even grow into an offensive tackle. Michigan State has been ardent in their recruitment of Hoover as a defensive player and he said the pretty much everyone likes him on the defensive side of the ball, "Everyone is saying they like me on defense, even the teams that play a 3-4 are saying I would just play linebacker and then come up to the line."
Last fall, Hoover recorded 86 total tackles from the defensive end position and was named All-League, All-Metro, and All-County. This year he hopes to help the Wildcats make a run at the Kensington Valley Conference Championship. The past few years the KVC has become one of the more competitive leagues in the state. With team like Milford, Brighton, South Lyon, Lakeland and Novi all competing for the top spot.
SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in-touch with Hoover in the following weeks. We will be catching back up with him following the Spartan Camp. Hoover has been pretty consistent in his updates, saying that Michigan State and Michigan are two of his favorites.
Hoover's recruitment is very important for Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio. In 4 years John L. Smith was never able to beat out Michigan for any in-state recruits. Coach Dantonio wants to reverse that trend and get back to the days when he was here under Nick Saban That was when the Spartans and Wolverines battled fiercely for the state's top talent. A commitment for a player like Hoover would be a statement recruit for Coach Dantonio and prove that Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel knew what he was talking about when he said "The neighborhood just go tougher" referring to the hiring of Dantonio by Michigan State.

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