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June 16, 2008Michigan State held a one day camp last week that was attended by numerous top prospects from around the Midwest. One position that was particularly well represented was the offensive line. Several prospects that either have or are looking to earn a Spartan offer were on hand, including Marcus Hall of Cleveland Glenville High School, Micajah Reynolds of Lansing Sexton High School and Adam Schneid of Avon Lake High School, Ohio.
Hall is rated the #4 offensive tackle in the nation and the #61 prospect overall. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Hall was offered by the Spartans quite some time ago and in all has over 40 scholarships to select from. By all reports Hall certainly lived up to his lofty rankings while camping at Michigan State last Thursday.
Many see Cleveland Glenville products as earmarked for Ohio State, but that may not necessarily be the case. Last year Glenville product Cordell Scott selected Illinois over Ohio State. Other Glenville product like Kyle Jefferson, Royce Adams and Ray Fisher have gone to other big Ten schools and excelled.
That certainly doesn't mean that the Buckeyes are not the prohibitive favorite for his services, but it may not be a done deal as many are saying. The Spartans are hoping the opportunity to possibly step in and play right away is an attractive option for a player of Hall's caliber.
If history is any indication, Hall will likely take a few official visits after his senior year before making his choice. The best thing the Spartans can do in his recruitment is post some "W's" and continue assenting in the Big Ten.
The big lineman from Sexton High measured in at an imposing 6-foot-5, 315-pounds and had a very strong showing. We spoke with Reynolds about the camp and his performance.
"The coaching staff said I did real well. I was able to talk with Coach Roushar and Coach Staten for a while," he said. "It was a great experience for me. I am going back to Michigan State this Friday to get a chance to work with Coach Roushar again. Hopefully if things go well I will get a scholarship offer."
Reynolds already has a Big Ten offer from the Indiana Hoosiers and a host of MAC programs have also pulled the trigger. While Reynolds indicated to us that at this point he does not have a favorite, he did say that getting a Spartan offer would be a great honor and something he is hoping for.
One of the advantages Reynolds may have over some other offensive line prospects is that he is already well over the 300-pound mark and still moves very well. Michigan State's offense is predicated on powerful offensive linemen; Reynolds certainly fits that mold. Reynolds did not hurt his chances of getting a Spartan offer with his performance.
Schneid has been flying under the radar a bit, but is definitely on the Spartan's short list. Schneid is an extremely athletic lineman that checks in at 6-foot-5, 255-pounds. He has been picking up offers at an impressive clip since his strong performance at the Elite Combine in Cleveland last month.
We spoke with Schneid about Michigan State University and his camp experience.
"I had a great time. I really like Michigan State," he said. "I would put them at the top of my list. I think I had a really good day. The coaches said they liked what they saw and will be getting back with me. They like me as a guard or center prospect, they think I have the frame to get up around 300-pounds. I figure I will know a lot more after the 20th of June."
Schneid went on to explain to SpartanMag.com that he understands that Michigan State is tight on scholarships, but is hoping that his strong performance has him on the short list of prospects that could get an offer.
Schneid reminds some who have seen him of class of 2008 signee John Deyo of Gull Lake High School. Deyo burst on the scene before his senior year as well. The Michigan State staff liked the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Deyo due to him being extremely athletic. He garnered a Spartan offer after a strong showing at camp.
SpartanMag.com will be closely monitoring the offensive line recruiting situation over the next 7 to 10 days. It is very possible that the staff could pick up one or possible two commitments in the coming weeks. A few other top offensive line prospects like Nate Klatt, Charles Chapman and Jeff Fantuzzi are all expected to be in East Lansing in the near future. Stay tuned to SpartanMag.com to get all the details.