February 29, 2012

MacLean getting plenty of attention from State

Michigan State is actively recruiting several quality defensive end prospects for the class of 2013. Last weekend they hosted several of them on campus, including Grand Blanc product Luke MacLean. SpartanMag.com spoke with the 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect and got the details on his recruitment.

MacLean is considered one of the top recruits in Michigan for the class of 2013. He possesses an excellent combination of speed and strength and already has multiple scholarships. The Cincinnati Bearcats offered MacLean just the other week and he also holds a scholarship from the University of Buffalo.

MacLean has been in East Lansing several times and he was there this past weekend for the Spartan Junior Day. We asked him how the visit went.

“The visit to Michigan State went great, MacLean said. I was able to spend a lot of time with Coach Narduzzi and he told me that he wants me to come back up sometime soon when Coach Dantonio is there.”

Did Coach Narduzzi indicate if you might receive a scholarship or talk about what they like about you?

“We did not talk about a scholarship offer, MacLean said. “Coach Narduzzi said that he likes my speed off the edge and they want me as a defensive end.”

The ability to get pressure off the edge was a huge factor in Michigan State’s overall success in 2011. The combination of William Gholston and Marcus Rush was often too much for many teams to handle. Coach Narduzzi wants to continue to dictate what offenses have to do by bringing in players that can get to the quarterback in a hurry.

This past fall MacLean had a strong season for Grand Blanc High School. His play was one of the reasons the Bobcats finished the season 9-3. Grand Blanc had two big playoff wins over Holt and Midland, only to drop a tough game to powerhouse Rockford by a score of 30-28. MacLean is hoping he can help lead his team even further in 2012.

In addition to Michigan State, MacLean is hearing from numerous other BCS programs. He talked about the school showing him the most interest at this point in his recruitment.

I am visiting Georgia Tech in two weeks, Maclean said. I feel pretty confident that I could get an offer when I am down there. I speak with coaches regularly from schools like Michigan, Indiana and Iowa. I also have had contact with Oregon, Florida State, Boston College, Purdue and Syracuse.

Having been to Michigan State multiple times, MacLean is starting to develop a very good rapport with the coaches at Michigan State. SpartanMag.com asked MacLean where the Spartans would stand if they do come through with a scholarship offer and what has stood out to him about the program.

“I really like how it feels so much like home to me,” he said. “Things just feel very right at Michigan State. If they were to offer me a scholarship it would be a great opportunity and something I would seriously consider.”

Under Mark Dantonio the Spartans have had very little attrition. The players he has been bringing in not only have been very productive as evidenced by the teams’ success, but they have also stayed at the school and completed their degree. That is a main reason why once again in 2013 the Spartans are not expected to sign a big recruiting class. Based on our early calculations, it looks like 16-18 scholarships will once again be the number.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow MacLean’s recruitment in the coming weeks. It is obvious that the staff has him on the short list of potential offers at defensive end. You can be sure if he is not committed come June, Coach Narduzzi and Coach Ted Gill will want MacLean working out at the Spartan Elite Player Camp. MacLean has an impressive set of athletic skills and the staff would certainly like to work with him one on one.

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