April 19, 2010

Top OL to check out MSU

One of the best offensive line recruits in the Midwest for the class of 2011 is Kyle McAvoy of Bloomington High School in Illinois. The 6-foot-5, 293-pound prospect has an impressive list of scholarship offers, including one from Michigan State. SpartanMag.com spoke with him last night and found out that he will be on campus soon.

McAvoy is one of a few select linemen in the Midwest that the Spartans have already extended a scholarship for the upcoming class. Michigan State has recruited the offensive line position very well the last two years under Coach Dantonio and his staff is looking to continue that trend. McAvoy was offered early by the Spartans and is now seeing his stock rise. A recent trip around the Midwest has caused his offer list to expand.

"I have been to Iowa, Illinois, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Illinois State, and Michigan. I am going to Michigan State and Western Michigan this weekend and I plan on making it down to Louisville soon too. I have picked up offers from Northwestern, Minnesota and Ball State."

The new scholarship offers add to the one's he already had from Michigan State, Louisville, Western Michigan and Illinois State.

McAvoy comes from a family of football players. Their father, Tim Sr., played for Illinois and older brother, Tim, played for Michigan. Kyle's twin brother, Luke is also a legit D1 prospect that also has multiple scholarship offers. SpartanMag.com asked Kyle if older brother Tim has provided any information about the process?

"Yes, Tim has been helping us. Mainly he is helping Luke and I work on our foot speed and our technique."

Is the University of Michigan in the picture and do some schools see him playing at different positions on the line?

Yes, they are a possible choice, but as of right now I really do not have any favorites. It is still pretty early and I have a lot to learn about all of the schools and what they have to offer before I narrow it down. Most coaches have said they could see me playing either guard or tackle, but some seem to favor guard. They all say they like my feet, agility, and attitude on the field.

The next question that most are wondering about is whether Kyle and his brother plan on attending the same college?

"It is something we have talked about, but we also know we need to do what is best for each of us," he said.

This weekend Michigan State will get their chance to show what their program is all about. McAvoy's primary recruiter from Michigan State is Spartan offensive line coach Dan Roushar. Coach Roushar will certainly hope to have McAvoy back on campus this summer for a day of camp. Coach Roushar and Coach Dantonio are very big on players working with their perspective position coaches before they make their college choice.

One aspect of McAvoy's recruitment that will likely be important is the continuity of the program. His older brother went through a coaching change that included an offensive scheme change. The stability of the coaching staff is something that will certainly be considered when McAvoy weighs the positives of each program.

With two brothers that are division 1 recruits, Bloomington High school should have the makings of an outstanding line. SpartanMag.com asked McAvoy about his senior year.

"Our team should be fairly good, McAvoy said. We have all but two guards coming back on offense, but the defense is the opposite. We only have 3 defensive backs returning that played last year."

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with McAvoy in the coming weeks. The trip to East Lansing should provide him with some insight into a program that his brother has battled the past few seasons. The Spartans pro-style offense could be a good fit for a versatile lineman like McAvoy.

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