June 22, 2010

Rising PA tight end plays strong at MSU camp

One of the best kept secrets on the recruiting scene for the class of 2011 is tight end Paul Lang of Mt. Lebanon High School in Pennsylvania. Michigan State is very high on the 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect and had the opportunity to host him at camp this past weekend. SpartanMag.com has the latest details on this top Spartan recruit.

As those that follow recruiting closely know, Michigan State did not address the tight end position in the class of 2010. Considering that Spartans use the tight end extensively in the offense, often running double tight end sets, the position is a priority for the class of 2011.

This past weekend the Spartans had a very talented group of tight end prospects on campus, many of who have multiple BCS offers. Lang showed an impressive combination of blocking and pass catching ability. For that reason he has a Spartan scholarship offer and is high on the recruiting board for Coach Dantonio.

Lang actually arrived the day before camp and was able to tour the campus and learn more about the program. SpartanMag.com asked him about his impression of Michigan State University and the football camp.

"Overall I really liked the school. Michigan State is a really big school and the facilities are awesome. I really liked of the coaches I met, they were all happy to have me there. I was happy with my performance at camp. I felt very comfortable out there."

Has Michigan State talked about a scholarship offer and what other schools are currently recruiting you?

"Michigan State actually offered me about a month ago, Lang stated. I also am looking at Boston College, Wisconsin, Virginia, Duke, Toledo and a few more schools. Toledo has also offered and I am going to the camps of the other schools."

Did the Spartan staff talk about how they would use you if you decided to become a member of the Green and White?

"Yes, Coach Staten said they like to use the tight ends a lot of different ways and I could work my way in. He said they want tight ends that are a threat to block and catch."

Blocking and catching abilities are very important in the Spartan offense. Lots of guys can catch the ball, but there is a good reason why Charlie Gantt is considered by many to be the most complete tight end in the Big Ten. Gantt replaced current Chicago Bear tight end Kellen Davis and before him Coach Dantonio and Coach Staten helped develop NFL standout Brent Celek of the Philadelphia Eagles.

SpartanMag.com asked Lang if the thought of making a commitment to Michigan State crossed his mind.

"Yes it did. I want to make my decision sometime this summer before my senior season. We should have a really good team this fall, we have a lot of starters returning."

The Spartan Camp includes a testing phase and Lang performed well in that portion. The turf inside the Duffy Daugherty building is known for being soft and slow, but Lang still clocked a very respectable 4.8 forty-yard dash. He posted a vertical jump of 31 inches and a broad jump of 9-feet, 5-inches.

The broad jump is a tool that Michigan State has long used and it is an excellent measure of explosiveness. Only a small percent of players get out over the 9-foot mark. We have yet to see anyone crack the 10-foot mark. It is no surprise that Lang jumps well, he is also an outstanding basketball player.

Lang's Mt. Lebanon Basketball team was ranked in the top 25 by USA Today this past winter and he averaged 14.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.7 steals. He served as team captain, something he has done since his sophomore year.

Many may wonder why Lang was under the radar of many recruiting services and despite this being the information age, that does happen from time to time. SpartanMag.com was the only source that knew anything about KeShawn Martin two years ago and we were also the first source to tout the abilities of players like Skyler Schofner and Blake Treadwell.

In this age of camps and combines, some players decide to focus on spring sports and high school activities. It isn't until they attend college camps that they have their coming out party.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Lang in the coming weeks. He will be attending several other camps and his recruitment could become very heated in a short amount of time. The fact that Michigan State has made him a top priority before anyone else could pay big dividends down the road.

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