February 15, 2010

Spartans offer Ohio DE?

One of the top prospects in Ohio for the class of 2011 is defensive end Brian Mihalik of Avon Lake High School. It was recently reported that Michigan State had offered Mihalik a scholarship, SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-7, 240-pound Buckeye State star to find out the latest.

Avon Lake High School has been a hot bed for football talent the last few years. In 2008, they had quality offensive lineman Adam Schneid who committed to Central Michigan. In 2009 it was offensive center Christian Pace (Michigan) and tight end Dan Schneider (Pittsburgh) that had recruiters' attention. In 2011 they may have the best of the bunch in Mihalik.

SpartanMag.com asked Mihalik about his current list of offers and if Michigan state is one of the teams in pursuit.

"I have offers from West Virginia, Indiana and Stanford. Boston College also said they would probably be offering soon. Michigan State has not offered. I hear from them a little bit. I met one of their coaches a few weeks ago when h stopped into school."

At 6-foot-7, 240-pounds Mihalik has the type of build that could allow him to see time one either side of the ball. We asked him if teams see him on one side of the ball or the other and if he has any plans to check schools out this spring?

"Indiana and West Virginia are both for defensive end. Stanford has said tight end and defensive end positions. I am probably going to go to Michigan next weekend and then West Virginia the weekend after that."

Being from Ohio, it is only natural for most players to grow up following the Buckeye. SpartanMag.com asked Mihalik if Ohio State is involved in his recruitment and if he currently has any favorites.

"I have been in contact with Ohio State, he said. One of the coaches from there came to my school. I don't really have any favorites right now. I plan on making my decision before my season so that it is out of the way.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow-up with Mihalik in the coming weeks. It is unclear if the Spartans like him as a defense end or tight end, but that might not be a bad thing. The Spartans did not sign a tight end to the class of 2010 and defensive end is still an important position for 2011. A player with the versatility to play both could have an inside track for a Spartan scholarship.

Matt Dorsey's Take:

Mihalik's recruitment could be one of those that don't last real long. Look for him to take plenty of unofficial visits this spring and possibly check out some practices. The Spartans will certainly look to get him on campus during that time.

Michigan might have an inside track with his teammate Christian Pace already being there, but Mihalik would likely project solely as a DE there as UM doesn't feature the tight end much. Watch out for the Stanford Cardinal in this one.

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