February 3, 2008

Spartans continue to focus on home grown talent

For offensive lineman Zach Hueter of North Branch High School, the reward was worth the wait. Hueter, who SpartanMag.com rated the #30 prospect in Michigan for the class of 2008, took an official visit to Michigan State this weekend and was officially offered a scholarship by Head Coach Mark Dantonio. It did not take long for the 6-foot-7, 295-pound lineman to make his choice.

Hueter was at one point verbally committed to Central Michigan, but the opportunity to play in the Big Ten against the highest level of competition was too good of an option to turn down.

In addition to Michigan state and Central Michigan, Hueter also had scholarship offers from Indian, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

Hueter traveled to East Lansing this weekend with his parents and had the following to say about his visit.

The commitment of Hueter is key for the Spartans as they are very thin at the offensive tackle position and needed to add a player to this class in order to offset some of the depth concerns. The Spartans actually graduated two players who had the ability to play tackle this past year, Mike Gyetvai and Peter Clifford. Interestingly, both Clifford and Gyetvai were 6'7" 300+ pound players. Hueter will certainly be in that same range after a year in the weight room and the training table.

One of the things that sold the Spartans on Hueter is his footwork. The staff was able to observe him not only this fall on the football field, but early on in his basketball season. Hueter is very nimble on his feet for a person his size. He actually averaged 17-points a game and double-digit rebounds.

Hueter had a strong senior campaign for North Branch High School. He was selected 1st team All-State Division 4 and named to the Great 8 team. The great 8 team selects the top 8 players in Michigan at each position. Hueter was on that team along with fellow Spartans Ethan Ruhland, Michigan commitment Rocko Khoury and future Cincinnati Bearcat Sean Hooey.

Another reason the Spartans liked Hueter is what he brings to the table from an academic standpoint. Heuter is a solid student in the classroom. He carries a 3.5+3. grade-point average and scored a 25 on the ACT test.

Hueter continues the trend of Head Coach Mark Dantonio focusing on kids from in-state. Coach Dantonio is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to in-state recruiting. He believes the state of Michigan has the talent to win Big Ten Championships. The commitment if Hueter is another step in that direction.

If the Spartans are able to add fellow in-state prospects Mark Ingram and Nick Perry, it would not only give Michigan State 15 recruits from the home front, it would also give the Spartans the best in-state recruiting class since the days when current Spartan Coach Dan Enos was winning Big Ten Championships for the Green and White.

For more on the commitment of Heuter, including quotes from his high school coach and Coach Dantonio, be sure to check out Spartan Magazine.

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