November 22, 2009
Spartans add Schofner
Prior to the game on Saturday Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio received some good news when the top uncommitted offensive linemen on the recruiting board decided to join the Green and White. SpartanMag.com broke the commitment on the Underground Bunker and now have some details on his decision.
The 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive lineman from Big Walnut High School in Ohio selected the Spartans over a host of other BCS schools, including Michigan, Wisconsin and Purdue. In all, Schofner had approximately 25 scholarships offers to choose from.
Schofner confirmed to SpartaMag.com via text prior to kickoff yesterday that he had made his commitment to Michigan State. A simple "It's true" statement was what he responded with when asked if he was the newest member of the Spartan family.
The commitment of Schofner gives the Spartans 3 quality offensive line prospects from the Buckeye State for the class of 2010. He joins Michael Dennis of Caery High School and Travis Jackson of Columbus DeSales as future Spartans.
Spartanmag.com decided not to bother Schofner while he was on campus and allow him to enjoy his time with his future teammates. We spoke with him on Sunday and got some quotes about his commitment.
"It felt good to make my decision, he said. It was a case of just knowing t was the right place for me. I had visited other schools, but I did not have the same feeling I had about Michigan State."
The commitment of Schofner to the Spartans is critical as the staff needs to build a championship level offensive line if they want to compete for Rose and BCS Bowls.
While the game did not turn out the way Spartan fans hoped, they can take solace that Schofner's commitment is just what the team needs to take the next step. Schofner indicated that he wants to help the team reach the next level.
"The game didn't turn out as I would have hope, but that doesn't change my feeling. I want to help the team win with the other guys coming in. I sat down with Coach Dantonio after the game with my family and we talked about things. I really like the coaches and so does my family."
Schofner has already started to develop a rapport with several of his future teammates. He mentioned that he has gotten to know guys like Travis Jackson, Michael Dennis, William Gholston and Joe Boisture.
Schofner becomes the 15th commitment to the class of 2010. The Spartans are expected to only sign a class of around 18 players, so getting a player with Schofner's ability and potential. is critical.
SpartanMag.com was one of the first major recruiting outlets to recognize the ability of Schofner. SpartanMag.com scouted him at the U.S. Army All-American Combine last January and came away extremely impressed.
Look for much more on Schofner and his commitment to Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans in the future.
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