October 24, 2011
MacLean enjoys amazing game
One of the in-state players the Michigan State Spartans are showing a high-level of interest in for the class of 2013 is Luke Maclean of Gran Blanch High School. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end prospect was in East Lansing on Saturday and SpartanMag.com spoke with him about his time on campus.
When we spoke with MacLean he informed us that he was excited about just finding out that his Grand Blanc team would be hosting Holt High School in the first round of the Division 1 playoffs. Grand Blanc (7-2) has had a very solid season and is hoping to make a deep run in the playoffs after winning the Kensington Lakes Athletic Association West Division over Brighton High School.
Maclean also stated that the game he attended last night in East Lansing was an incredible experience.
"It was an amazing game," he stated. "The best defense in the Big Ten against the best offense and I was right there to see it. All of the recruits and the committed players were right there and we saw the play. Everyone went crazy when they announced he had gotten in. It is pretty cool to think that I was right there on the sideline for a play that will likely be one of the plays of the year on ESPN."
SpartanMag.com asked MacLean about his interaction with some of the other recruits as well as the Michigan State coaching staff.
"I was able to talk with some of the committed players," he said. "They were just telling me why they committed to Michigan State and what it was that made it the right place for them. Before the game I got to go out to the 50-yard line and talk with Coach Dantonio. That went really good. He said he wants me to come back up there sometime so we can sit down and talk about things. He was at my school on Friday talking with my Head Coach. I am definitely going to get back up there sometime soon so I can do that."
Mark Dantonio prefers to extend scholarships to players in person when he has the opportunity, MacLean feels he has a good chance at receiving some great news from the Spartans. He has already sent his highlight tape to Michigan State and the staff has given him some positive feedback. We asked him about scholarship offers.
"I have an offer from Buffalo," he said. "I really think Michigan State is close to offering me. Georgia Tech is another school that seems like they could be close as well. I went down there earlier this summer."
MacLean informed us that when it comes to a primary recruiter he pretty much has two Spartan coaches that keep in regular contact with him.
"Caoch Pat Narduzzi and Coach Harlon Barnett, both of them keep in contact with me. Coach Narduzzi came to Grand Blanc a few times last year."
Maclean has been very busy this fall checking out colleges. He has been up to Michigan State several times, but has also been to games at both Michigan and Notre Dame. Between Michigan State vs Wisconsin and Michigan vs Notre Dame, MacLean has been to arguably the two most exciting games in college football this year.
He indicated that he will likely make the trip down to Ann Arbor this weekend to see the Wolverines battle the Purdue Boilermakers.
"I think I am going down there for the homecoming game," MacLean stated. "Coach Jackson said that he got my film and that he wants me to come down there and see the game and talk with Coach Hoke."
At this point in time, MacLean is still in the fact gathering stage of his recruitment, However, all of the college visit have provide him with plenty of quality information to use. Getting a chance to mingle with committed players and other Spartan recruits this past weekend allowed MacLean to get a real understanding for the type of player the Spartans are looking for.
SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Luke MacLean as it unfolds. He will almost certainly be one of the top 10 prospect in Michigan for the class of 2013.
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