July 28, 2009

Michigan DT not in any hurry

Back in June Michigan State had 6-foot-5, 300-pound Carl Davis of Sterling Heights Stevenson High School on Campus for a session of camp. Within two days of his camp performance, Head Coach Mark Dantonio had offered him a scholarship.


A few weeks later, Davis was back in East Lansing working with Defensive Line Coach Ted Gill at the 1-Day Elite Camp. Davis once again had a strong performance. So it was somewhat of a surprise when Davis informed SpartanMag.com that he had eliminated Michigan State and was down to three schools, Iowa, Wisconsin and Kansas.

Davis contacted us the other night and informed us that he has decided to slow things down a bit and he is still looking closely at Michigan State.

"I just felt that some schools were kind of pressuring me into making an early decision," he said. "I was not ready to make a decision, and I realized that if a school really wants me they will be willing to wait for me to make a decision when I feel comfortable."

Coach Dantonio is known for his "no pressure" recruiting approach. Since arriving at Michigan State, Coach Dantonio has sent dozen of kids home telling them he wanted them to sit down with their family and talk about things to make sure about decision. It is because of that approach, that the Spartans have had zero de-commitments in 3 years.

"I was able to speak with Coach Dantonio," Davis said. "He told me that they really like me a lot and that they only signed one defensive tackle last year. I may try and get back up there sometime later this month."

Davis indicated that he plans on going up to Central Michigan this week and might try and check out Michigan State after that. Going to see a Spartan practice might be an option.

So now that he is slowing things down, does Davis have a time frame or a plan as far as when he will make his choice?

"I am going to take a couple of official visits," he said. "I want to be able to compare the schools, learn as much as I can and then make my decision."

The new time frame is certainly something Michigan State is glad to hear about. The Spartans need to sign at least one high-level defensive tackle for the class of 2010 and landing a player from a powerhouse high school like Sterling Heights Stevenson would certainly be a positive.

One of the aspects that Davis indicated that Coach Dantonio and Coach Gill have stated why they like him so much is due to how well he moves for someone his size. Davis has the size to play a traditional nose tackle, but he also has the quickness to play the 3-technique DT as well. That means he could be a player who could make an early impact at the next level.

Davis recently received a 3-star designation from Rivals.com and SpartanMag.com has learned that his national position ranking could go much higher once they receive his senior film. SpartanMag.com plans on making sure Davis' senior highlight film gets uploaded and evaluated.

Spartan Coach Dan Enos serves as the primary recruiter of Davis for Michigan State. Coach Enos has already received defensive end commitments from All-American William Ghoslton and Taylor Calero, adding a big defensive tackle to the mix is now top priority.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Davis in the coming weeks. Sterling Heights Stevenson has a lot of quality football players this year. In addition to Davis in the trenches, they also have a lot of talented skill position players as well. Coach Rick Bye and the Titans open their season on August 27th away against Warren Cousino at 7PM.

SpartanMag.com's take: The landscape of recruiting has change in Michigan since Mark Dantonio took over at Michigan State. Teams are now starting to try and get kids to make early decision and even use other kids who have committed to Michigan State against the Spartans.

The reality of the situation is that teams are staring to recognize that if Michigan State continues to recruit as well as they have the past few years in-state, life could get very difficult in the Big Ten.

Coach Dantonio knows that keeping in-state kids home is not only good for public relations, it is good for on-field success. That is why players like C.J. Olaniyan, Dior Mathis, Tony Jones, Carl Davis and Mike Sadler are all high on the board for Michigan State.


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