March 19, 2008

Spartans offer huge OL

This past weekend Michigan State was able to host one p the top offensive line recruits in the Midwest for the class of 2009, David Barrent of Valley High school in West Des Moines, Iowa. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound tackle prospect came to East Lansing without a Michigan State offer, but that did not last for long. has details on Barrent and his recruitment.

Barrent traveled to Michigan State this past weekend. Prior to his arrival he already had an impressive list of scholarship offers, which included Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Illinois and Northwestern.

Did the Spartans join the list?

"Yes, I was offered by Coach Dantonio on Monday. He said that they like to be able to meet with players and get to know them personally. He talked about how they like my athletic ability and how I can help the program, he said."

What other types of things were you able to do while visiting Michigan State?

I was able to tour the school and see the campus. We went and visited the school of engineering. I am thinking about majoring in mechanical engineering in college. We also got a chance to see the stadium and all of the football facilities. They are doing a lot of upgrades. It is going to be real nice. When everything is done they are going to be top notch."

Barrent is being recruited for the Spartans by offensive line Coach Dan Roushar. We asked him about that.

"I got a chance to get to know Coach Roushar and he is a real good guy. He was with us a lot and then we were able to sit down and look at film. We talked about the scheme they use and how I would fit in."

Barrent indicated that the drive to East Lansing took him 8 hours. Will distance be a major factor in his decision making process?

"The most important thing to me is how I feel at the school. What type of relationship do I have with the coaches? How do I get along with the other players? Are they people that I cannot only play football with, but be friends with off the field? I want to be around good quality people. That is the most important thing to me."

Does Barrent have a timetable for his decision?

"I would like to make my decision before my senior year. If I feel like I have learned enough about a school and feel comfortable making my choice I will do that, otherwise I will wait and take a few official visits."

The next few weeks will certainly be busy for Barrent. Later this week he is heading to Northwestern for an Academic Day and then later this month he will likely hit Illinois sand Iowa again.

Michigan State is hoping to also have a chance to have Barrent back on campus sometime in the next few months. Coach Roushar enjoys working with potential offensive lien recruits at camp. It would not be a surprise if Barrent is invited to the 1-Day Senior Elite Camp the Spartans will hold in June.

Michigan State is off to a tremendous start to the recruiting class of 2009. For that reason they have the ability to be very selective. The fact that they offered Barrent is an indication that he is high on the priority list for Coach Dantonio and the staff. would not be surprised if Barrent moves into the Rivals top 250 later this spring with the rankings are updated.

Barrent dropped off video highlight of him in action at the Rivals 5-Star Academy on Sunday. will be sure to link them to the site when they go live and will also keep Michigan State fans updated on the recruitment of Barrent over the coming months.

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