March 1, 2012
Dantonio offers Ohio DE
Last weekend Michigan State hosted numerous top prospects from around the Midwest including defensive end Tracy Sprinkle of Elyria High School in Ohio. SpartanMag.com was able to catch up with the 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect and has the latest details on his recruitment.
Defensive end recruiting will be one of the top priorities this year for Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Coaching Staff. Sprinkle is one of the fastest rising prospects in the Midwest with scholarship offers from BCS programs such as Michigan State, Arkansas, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Syracuse. SpartanMag.com spoke with Sprinkle about his time in East Lansing on Saturday and his newest scholarship offer.
“Yes, Michigan State offered me,” Sprinkle said. “I really like it there. I like the campus and the coaching staff. I was also impressed with the facilities.”
Sprinkle was unable to meet with Coach Dantonio on Saturday, but he was told by his primary recruiter, Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi, to follow-up later this week. That is exactly what Sprinkle did and he received the good news earlier today. We asked him what the Spartan staff said they like about him and what his is looking for in a school.
“The coaches said they like my size, strength and athleticism," Sprinkle indicated. “I am looking for a school with a good academic program and a good athletic program. I am still open to all the schools, but Michigan State definitely caught my eye.”
One of the reasons why Sprinkle has the eye of the Spartan coaches is due to his ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Last year as a junior he excelled at aspect totaling 80 tackles, 8 sacks and 25 total TFL’s. He received several post-season accolades for his play.
Michigan State is set to begin spring practice later this month and they are expecting to host many of the top prospect on their recruiting board on visits during that time. We asked Sprinkle if the staff indicated anything about having him back on campus in the near future and if he has anything lined up?
“Yes, they said they want me to come back up there,” Sprinkle said. “I do not have any set plans, but I am sure I will get back up there soon.”
With William Gholston and Marcus Rush both returning, the Spartans have arguably the best defensive end tandem in the Big Ten. However, some have speculated that Michigan State could lose Gholston to the NFL after the 2012 season. In addition, the Spartans were unable to add an elite defensive end to the class of 2012 after Se’Von Pittman flipped his commitment. Those reasons make it imperative that they address the position with elite prospects.
Whoever the Spartans sign at defensive end in the class of 2013, they will be expected to be ready to step in and make an early impact at the next level. Sprinkle has the size the coaches like and the fact that he is a recruit of Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi speaks to where he sits on the priority list.
SpartanMag.com will continue to follow-up with Sprinkle in the coming as his recruitment unfolds. Now that he has a Michigan State offer we expect him to pick up plenty more over the next few weeks. To see highlight video of him in action from his junior season, click the link below.
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