February 8, 2007

OL Chase Dumphord talks about commitment

SpartanMag.com has been able to confirm that offensiev lineman Chase Dumphord of Paris High School in Kentucy has committed to play for Coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans.

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound prospect selected the Spartans over offers from Kentucky, Louisville and Cincinnati. He was also getting interest from SEC teams like Tennessee and Auburn.

Dumphord is rated the #6 player in the Bluegrass State for the class of 2007 by Rivals.com. Howie Lindsey of CardinalSports.com (Louisville) rates Dumphord the #3 player in Kentucky. Dumphord was also selected to the Tremendous 26 Team which honors the top football players in the state.

Dumphord officially visited the Spartans the very first weekend Coach Dantonio was hired to be the head coach at Michigan State. He was one of 4 players who took an official visit that weekend. He now becomes the fourth player to commit to Michigan State from that weekend.

Dumphord told SpartanMag.com the following after his official visit to Michigan State:

"The new coaching staff seemed really caring," Dumphord said. "They really liked me as a person and not just because of football. That was something that I didn't really expect when I went up there."

Dumphord spent a lot of time with Dantonio as well as his position coach Roushar.

"Coach Roushar is a real good guy and I knew immediately that he really cared about me. Coach (Dantonio) is a people person. He cares about my character and not just my skills," said Dumphord.

Dumphord enjoyed his tour of the campus and he had a good time getting to know all of the football players on campus. On his visit, Dumphord was hosted by defensive end Kershaw.

"Justin is a really great guy," said Dumphord. "He was down to earth and someone that I could talk to."

Another factor that did not hurt in the recruitment of Dumphord is the commitmnet of offensive tackle commitment Jared McGaha. The two offneisve line prospects were familiar with each other from the camp circuit and took their official visits to East Lansing the same weekend. The idea of playing together and forming a foundation to build upon was appealing.

Dumphord becomes the third offensive line prospect to commit to Coach Dantonio since he was hired. Dumphord projects as an interior offensive line prospect at the next level.


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