July 31, 2010
Showers enjoys visit to State
Valdez Showers of Madison Heights Madison High School is one of the top defensive back prospects in the nation for the class of 2011. The 6-foot-0, 180-pound prospect has an impressive list of scholarships and has been using this summer to visit many of the schools he is seriously considering. Last week he was back in East Lansing to learn more about Michigan State.
Showers, who is rated the #30 defensive back in the nation and the #8 player in Michigan by Rivals.com has over 20 scholarship offers in total, including ones from Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, Florida and Auburn. SpartanMag.com ranks Showers the #6 player in the state and the top defensive back in Michigan.
SpartanMag.com was able to catch up with Showers briefly after his visit to Michigan State and he provided us with some details.
"The visit went real well," he stated. "I went up with my mother and we got a chance to spend time with Coach Dantonio, Coach Narduzzi and Coach Barnett."
Showers has been to Michigan State several times so this visit was more about building rapport with the coaching staff rather than seeing the campus or touring the facilities. The relationship that Showers has with the coaches is an important factor in what school he will ultimately decided to attend.
Their had been some speculation that Showers could surprise some and make his college choice in the near future, previously he had stated he wanted to wait until after his senior year. Next week Sound Mind/Sound Body is having a media day and that is when linebacker Ed Davis will make his choice. Some internet rumors spread that Showers could make his decision then.
While it is unlikely that Showers will make his choice then, he could narrow his list down some in order to focus on his senior year. Many prospects are finding out that the recruiting process can be somewhat taxing, especially when they want to focus on football and academics in the fall.
Showers informed SpartanMag.com that he does have a plan as far as when he will make his college choice.
"I am just going to leave it in God's hands and I know everything will work out right."
As far as his upcoming season, Madison Heights Madison lost a lot of talent players from last year's outstanding team and Showers is going to have to carry the load early on as some of the younger players develop. He talked about that.
"We are taking it slow right now," he said. "We are trying to get the younger players up to speed, but we will be alright. I want to double everything I did last year."
Doubling his production on the football field would be a herculean feat considering the numbers he put up last year (1572 yards and 20 touchdowns). With that said, don't be surprised if Showers eclipses that 2000-yard barrier and returns a few interceptions for touchdowns. Smart teams will try and run the ball against Madison Heights Madison in order to keep Showers off the field offensively and not allow him to get any interceptions defensively.
With Trae Waynes and Arjen Colquhoun already committed to Michigan State, the Spartans have two defensive back prospects that posses both size and speed. Adding a player of Shower's ability would only serve to enhance the talent pool and give Coach Dantonio multiple playmakers on that side of the ball.
A solid student in the classroom and a leader on and off the field, Showers is going to make an excellent addition to one lucky BCS school. SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Showers in the coming weeks.
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