February 16, 2012

Howell TE seeing stock rise

One of the prospects that is getting plenty of BCS attention this winter is tight end Pete Cender of Howell High School in Michigan. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect already has one offer on the table and Michigan State is one of several BCS team that want him on campus in the near future.SpartanMag.com has some details on his recruitment.

Cender had a strong junior campaign for Howell High School; he ended the season with 26 receptions for 440-yards and 6 touchdowns. Right now is helping the Highlanders have a strong season on the hardwood. We asked Cender about the honors he received this past fall and the schools he is hearing from.

"I was 1st Team All-League, 1st team All-County and 3rd team All-Southeast Michigan, Cender said. I have an offer from Western Michigan. Missouri and Nebraska are showing me interest and I am also hearing for Sanford so I am pretty excited about that. I also hear from Syracuse and from Michigan State. I was at the Michigan State vs. Wisconsin game."

Cender traveled down to San Antonio, Texas after New Years to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Underclass Combine. At that event he performed very well and was selected 2nd Team All-Combine. With over quality 500 athletes in attendance from coast to coast, being recognized as one of the better performers is a high honor.

Cender talked about the All-American Combine and his upcoming visits planned

"It (the combine) was good, he said. I feel like I stacked up very well against all of the players that were there. I am going to Michigan State's junior day next weekend and I also have a visit planned to Syracuse."

Syracuse has been very active in Michigan the past few years due the Orangemen hiring former Michigan standout and Detroit Native Tyrone Wheatley. Last year Syracuse was able to sign 3-star recruits OL Kyle Knapp and TE Ron Thompson out of Michigan.

Cender plans on hitting several combine sand camps this summer and it may be a situation where he will have a strong chance of earning a Michigan State scholarship at a session of the Spartans Elite Player Camp. Last year tight end recruit Josiah Price earned his Michigan state scholarship that way.

If Cender does earn a Spartan scholarship offer there is a strong possibility that he could end up becoming a member of the Green and White. Cender is well aware of how Michigan State likes to feature the tight end and he has positive thoughts about the Spartan program

"I love the facilities there and it would be great to play for the coaching staff there."

SpartanMag.com will continue to keep tabs on Cender and follow his recruitment in the coming months.

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