January 17, 2010

Schofner: 'Michigan State is a great place to be'

One of the players the Michigan State staff is very excited to have part of the class of 2010 is offensive tackle Skyler Schofner of big Walnut High School in Ohio. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 4-star Spartan and got the details on his visit.

Schofner who has shot up the national rankings the past few weeks gave us the details on his visit to Michigan State.

"It was great, he said. "Michigan State is a great place to be. I really enjoyed the environment up there and the coaches are amazing. I spent time hanging out with guys like Travis Jackson, Marcus Rush and William Gholston. They are great guys and it is going to be a lot of fun going to college with them. Joel Foreman was my host. "

SpartanMag.com first saw Schofner last winter when we scouted him at the Army All-American Combine. We were impressed with him then and shocked when he told us he did not have any scholarship offers at the time. We speculated that would change very soon and that Schofner would grow into a massive prospect. Schofner indicated that as of right now he is 6-foot-8, 305-pounds and bench pressing close to 400-pounds.

Schofner has put in a lot of hard work over the last 12 months in the gym and on the field working on his technique. Rivals.com just elevated him to 4-star status and he is now ranked the 172nd best prospect in the nation. SpartanMag.com asked Schofner how it felt to be moved up?

"It felt great to get that recognition and to be moved up," Schofner stated. "It makes it feel like my hard work paid off, he said. I am still not satisfied though. I still have a lot of work to do to become a better player. I want to be a 5-star level player when I am in college."

No doubt Schofner's desire to be the best he can be will sit well with Offense Line coach Dan Roushar and Strength and Conditioning Coach Ken Mannie. head Coach Mark Dantonio knows that championships are built in the trenches and guys like Schofner, Gholston, Jackson and Rush are key pieces to the puzzle.

Schofner was accompanied on his visit by his parents. He talked about what they thought about Michigan State.

"They really liked it a lot," he said. They wanted to come up and make sure that the place I am spending the next 4 or 5 years of my life is a good environment. They were very happy; they think it is a great place too."

Due to NCAA regulations, mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Coaching staff are not allowed to comment on recruit until national signing day. You can be sure that when Coach Dantonio gets to showing the media Schofner's highlight film and talking about what he likes about him, he is going to have a big smile on his face.

Look for much more on Schofner in Spartan Magazine.

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