July 3, 2009

Jersey OL has Spartan offer

Michigan State is looking to address the offensive line for the class of 2010 and recently extended a scholarship to one of the top prospects in New Jersey for the class of 2010, Brandon Vitabile of Bishop Ahr High School in Edison. SpartanMag.com spoke with the 6-foot-3, 298-pound prospect last night and got the latest details on his recruitment.

Vitabile is rated a 3-star recruit and the #9 offensive center prospect in the nation for the class of 2010. SpartanMag.com asked him about his current list of scholarships.

"I have offers from Michigan State, Northwestern, Syracuse and Vanderbilt," he said. "Michigan State offered me on June 18th. I was visiting Vanderbilt and they wanted to make sure I knew how interested they were so they offered me while I was down there."

Have you gotten a chance to check out many schools this summer?

"I have been to all of the schools that have offered me except for Michigan State", Vitabile said. "I would like to get out there to see it before my season starts. I want to make my decision before my senior year so I can focus on my team."

In addition to the teams that have offered him a scholarship, Vitabile also indicated that he hears from Penn State, Pittsburgh and Boston College. SpartanMag.com asked him about the in-state Scarlet Knights?

"I have not heard anything from them for about a month," he said. "I still get standard letters and stuff like that, but not like the stuff I get from other teams. I speak regularly with all the teams that have offered. I get e-mails from them and I can call them. I speak with Coach Narduzzi about once a week."

The lack of interest from Rutgers likely has to do with the fact that the Scarlet Knights already have commitments from four offensive line recruits for the class of 2010.

By contrast, that Spartans have yet to sign an offensive line prospect for the class and are being very selective about whom they offer. One of the things the Spartans like about Vitabile is that he is a true center prospect. By that we mean he already plays that position for his high school team. Making the transition from a guard or tackle to center is often a difficult task.

As might be expected with an offer list as varied as Vitabile, he informed us that distance would not be a factor in his decision. Where he feels most comfortable and can get a good education are important factors. Vitabile would like to study something in the sports Medicine or Physical Rehabilitation fields.

Under Coach Dantonio Michigan State has done a good job of getting top recruits on campus in late July and early August. The Spartans have held a pre-season picnic in the past and that could again be the case this year. The Spartans definitely want to have a chance to host the powerful prospect on campus before he makes his college selection.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow-up with Vitabile in the coming weeks.

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