January 21, 2011

Illinois OL excited about MSU visit

Michigan State is on some high-level prospect for the class of 2011, but they are also still evaluating some late bloomers who are just now getting BCS attention. One such player is offensive lineman Peyton Eckert of Mount Prospect High school in Illinois. SpartanMag.com caught up with Eckert and has the details.

Eckert has seen his recruiting stock move up the last few weeks as several BCS teams are looking to address the offensive line spots. Eckert talked about his offers and the teams that are showing him interest.

"I have offers from Central Michigan, Western Michigan and UConn. I am receiving high interest from Michigan State, Wisconsin and Illinois. I will be at Michigan State this weekend and Wisconsin and Illinois might have me in next weekend if some guys fall through."

One of the reasons why Eckert was somewhat under the radar is that he was not nearly as big a player physically last year as he is now. He talked about that and his contact with Spartan Offensive Line Coach Dan Roushar.

"I am 6-foot-5, 300-pound now," Eckert stated. "I put on 40-poiund between my junior and senior years. Couch Roushar came by my house the other night. He let me know who they have other offers out to and where I stand."

The Spartans are recruiting several other offensive linemen like Fou Fonoti, Jacob Fisher and Aundrey Walker. How things play-out with those players will certainly impact whether the Spartans decide to offer Eckert or not. Eckert talked about his visit this weekend.

"I am excited for the visit. I have always wanted to play in the Big Ten so we will see what happens. If they do not offer hopefully more schools will see in me what Coach Roushar does."

Spartanmag.com will follow up with Eckert after his official visit to Michigan State.

SpartanMag.com's Take:

Eckert recruitment is simply a situation where Michigan State is being proactive and honest with a plan B player. The Spartans may not offer Eckert and I am sure he understands that and will appreciate the opportunity to visit and the honesty.

The one question is whether or not defensive tackle recruiting could also impact whether the Spartan offer Eckert. If the Spartans land two of the three offensive line prospects mentioned above they will not have room for Eckert. If they only land one of them they could have a spot for him.

However, the staff is after some talented defensive tackle prospects that have the ability to project on either side of the ball. For example, Brandon Clemons is such a player. If the Spartans already have 1 more OL and 1 more DT commitment and Clemons is still available. He would likely get the nod over Eckert.

As signing day approaches it is always smart to cover your bases with quality prospects. Michigan State is doing just that with a player like Eckert who is on the upswing from a talent standpoint.

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