June 2, 2009

Spartans look to host Ohio OL

This past winter SpartanMag.com was able to observe Skyler Schofner at the U.S Army All-American Combine. At the time the 6-foot-7, 290-pound prospect shockingly did not have any scholarships offers. With twenty offers and counting now at his disposal Schofner is one of the top offensive tackle recruits on the board for Michigan State. SpartanMag.com spoke with Schofner and got some details on his recruitment.

Schofner's scholarship offer list is long and impressive. In addition to Michigan State, he holds scholarships from other quality programs like Boston College, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Michigan, to name just a few. Rivals.com ranks his as the #32 offensive tackle prospect in the nation for the class of 2010.

As with any high-level prospect that hails from teh state of Ohio, the Buckeyes are involved in his recruitment. We asked Schofner what he is hearing from Ohio State and if they are the team to beat in his recruitment?

"I have been talking with Ohio State, they seem like they might offer soon," he said. "I grew up a fan of them, but with all the other offers I have, I am keeping all of my options open right now. I want to visit more schools, see the campuses, meet the coaches and then I will have a better idea about favorites."

Schofner has already seen several of the schools that have offered him. He attended Junior Day functions at schools like Cincinnati, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky.

"I am going to visit a lot of schools this summer," he said. "I have not decided which ones yet, but I will be sitting down with my mom and going over that soon. I would like to see schools like Wisconsin, Michigan State, North Carolina and Purdue. Right now I just need to learn more about all of then because they are all really good schools."

The summer visits that Schofner takes will help him narrow his focus down as far as a list of final suitors, but don't expect him to make a decision anytime soon.

"I plan on taking my visits after my high school season," Schofner said. "After I take my visits, I will then make my choice."

One of the reasons why Schofner plans on waiting is due to the amount of change that can occur during a football season. Coaching changes occur more and more frequently these days. Some coaches go on the hot seats, while sometimes others solidify their positions.

Schofner stated that he is looking forward to his senior season. What most people don't know is that he will be playing his high school football at a different school this fall. Schofner told Spartanmag.com that he has officially transferred to Big Walnut High School.

Michigan State offered Schofner earlier this spring. Coach Mike Tressel serves as the primary recruiter of Schofner for Michigan State and stopped into his high school. The Spartan staff is hoping to have the opportunity to have the 3-star prospect on campus this summer. Head Coach Mark Dantonio likes when players come up and attend a 1-Day session of camp. The opportunity for the player and position coach to work together and develop rapport is seen as invaluable.

Schofner weighed in at 276-pound this past January, but he informed us that he has added some quality weight over the past few months and is now checking in at 290-pounds. With a 6-foot-7 frame, Schofner has the ability to carry that weight and maintain his speed and quickness. Michigan State, like most teams recruiting him, projects Schofner as a left tackle at the next level.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow the recruitment of Schofner over the coming months. If Schofner does stop into a session of summer camp and tour Michigan State University, SpartanMag.com will be sure to get his impression of the staff and school.

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