January 4, 2010

Spartans like local Offensive Tackle

One of the top offensive line recruits in Michigan for the class of 2011 is Jalen Schlachter of Corunna High School. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound prospect already has one scholarship and will likely receiver many more this spring. Spartanmag.com caught up with Schlachter and has the details on his recruitment.

With a very good offensive line class coming in for 2010, the Spartans have the luxury of being very selective when it comes to recruiting the position for 2011. Schlachter is one of a few select prospects that the Michigan State staff has already identified as a high-level prospect for next year.

Schlachter had a strong season for Corunna High school. He was named 1st Team All-Conference on offense and Honorable Mention on defense. Schlachter plays offensive tackle and defensive end for Corunna.

SpartanMag.com asked Schlachter about the schools that are currently recruiting him

"I have been hearing from Michigan State for quite a while," he said. "I also am hearing from Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, Stanford, Oregon and Cincinnati. I also am being recruited by Central Michigan; they offered me back on September 1st."

Michigan State is very familiar with Schlachter, the Spartan hosted him at camp and they have been keeping in frequent contact with him the past several months.

"I camped at Michigan State for 2 sessions and I also camped at Central. Coach Roushar from Michigan State is my primary recruiter. I went to two games at Michigan State this fall and I also went to a game at Central Michigan."

Corunna is not usually an area that Coach Roushar serves as the primary recruiter, but due to it being local and already working with Schlachter at camp, he has assumed that role.

One of the reasons why Schlachter is such a prized recruit this early is that not only does he have the proto-typical offensive tackle size, but he is also extremely athletic. Schlachter plays basketball and participates in track for Corunna. As a sophomore Schlachter was the leading scorer for the varsity basketball team and was named All-Conference. In track he placed first in the conference in the shot-put and was 5th at regionals.

As far as recruiting, Schlachter indicated that as of right now he is not in any hurry to make his choice.

"I am going to go to the junior days I get invited to and I am sure I will hit some camps and combines," Schlachter said. "I will have to see what schools offer me."

SpartanMag.com will continue to keep in contact with Schlachter in the coming months. The in-state offensive line class of 2011 should be better than 2010 and Schlachter will be a big reason why.

Matt Dorsey's Take:

It is obvious that Michigan State is very interested in Schlachter for next year. The fact that Coach Rosuhar is already working to build rapport with the 6-foot-7, 290-pounder is a positive sign.

Another factor that the Spartan Staff certainly likes is that Schlachter comes from a football family. His father played offensive line for Saginaw Valley State and has helped in his son's development.

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