February 24, 2010

Spartans sitting strong with Schlachter

One of the top recruits in Michigan for the class of 2011 is offensive tackle Jalen Schlachter of Corunna High School. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound prospect already has a Michigan State offer as well as several others. SpartanMag.com caught up with him and has the latest on his recruitment.

A few weeks ago Schlachter picked up a scholarship offer from the Michigan State University. Not long after wards another Big ten team joined the mix.

"Wisconsin was the latest school to offer me," Schlachter said. "I also have and offer from Central Michigan. I am hearing from Purdue and Notre Dame a lot as well."

Schlachter has already visited several schools and has a busy next few weeks as well.

"I have already been to junior days at Michigan State and Michigan, he stated. This weekend I am going to Central Michigan and I will be going to Notre Dame's Junior Day on March 20th. I also plan on going to Purdue one day big man camp this summer."

The Spartans early offer and high-level of interest the past year have placed them in a very solid position in Schlachter's recruitment. We asked him if he will be visiting Michigan State again anytime soon?

"Yes, I am definitely going to be going back over to Michigan State for spring practice. I am also going to be going out to Wisconsin in April to see a practice there as well. I am going to try and visit as many school as possible because I want to make my decision before my senior season."

Schlachter was planning on attending the Showcase Combine held in Ann Arbor this weekend; however an injury in a basketball game has changed his plans.

"I came down on someone's foot and sprained my ankle," he said. "The swelling is down, but it is still black and blue. I want to make sure I am back by districts so I don't think I will participate in the combine. I might come down and do some media stuff, but that is probably it."

With multiple scholarships already on the table it is not like Schlachter has to prove himself in order to increase his recruiting stock. He has camped at two of the schools that have offered him so people know the type of ability he has. The fact that he is focused on returning to his basketball team as soon as possible is a sign that he is committed to his team.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to be keeping in contact with Schlachter in the coming weeks. Some have speculated that he could be the first offensive line commitment to the Michigan State class of 2011. While that is certainly a possibility, Schlachter is using this spring to see other schools in order to make sure he make the right choice.

Matt Dorsey Take:

Coming off the second consecutive strong offensive line recruiting class, the Spartans have the luxury of being selective. The fact they offered Schlachter early is a sign that his is high on the list.

Schlachter's visit schedule would seem to indicate that he will likely not make a decision for a few more months, but you never know. When recruits feel a place is right, they can pull the trigger at anytime. Schlachter will be visiting several schools that have offered over the next few weeks, so anything is possible.

Historically Michigan State has picked up the majority of OL commits at camp in June or July. Offensive line scholarships spots will be limited so it could be a first come first serve situation.

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