With over a dozen early scholarship offers on the table, New Lenox (Ill.) Lincoln-Way West offensive tackle prospect Justin Witt has the attention of plenty of college coaches. On Tuesday he visited East Lansing to check out Michigan State.
“I was very impressed with everything from the school and campus to the football coaches and the facilities,” Witt said. “We had a Spartan Aid and she gave us a tour. I have family in Michigan so with team being close, it kind of felt like a home feeling.”
Witt has seen his offer list explode this spring.
“So far I have offers from Cal, Nevada, Florida Atlantic, Buffalo, Miami of Ohio, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green, Illinois State, Iowa State and Army. (Mark Dantonio) said they like me and they could offer me in the next few weeks. I really liked it there.”
Not long after I spoke with Witt, he was offered by Syracuse.
Witt is also being evaluated by fellow Big Ten programs like Iowa, Penn State and Ohio State. Numerous other BCS programs are also in frequent contact and it would not be a surprise if Witt’s scholarship offer list approached 20 by the time the spring evaluation period ends May 31.
MSU offensive line coach Mark Staten is the primary recruiter of Witt for the Spartans and he likes having players come to camp. That not only allows him to work with the players, but the player gets to build rapport with him and see how he coaches. Witt indicated that he would likely attend a session of camp at MSU. A scholarship offer could come shortly after that if Witt performs well.
Overall it looks like it is a good year for offensive line talent in the Midwest. Witt is a good example of the quality depth at the position for the class of 2016.
Minnesota OL has MSU in his top three
Last week, Victoria (Minn.) Mayer Lutheran offensive tackle prospect Sam Schlueter visited MSU. Shortly afterwards the 6-foot-6, 272-pound prospect was offered by the Spartans. On Wednesday, Schlueter announced via Twitter he had narrowed his decision down to three schools, Minnesota, Wisconsin and MSU.
Schlueter did not announce a favorite school though he will be back in Minneapolis tomorrow to check out the Gophers again. Schlueter stated his decision could come at any time and that he wants to make his choice sooner rather than later. Rivals.com ranks Schlueter the No. 41 offensive tackle prospect in the nation and the No. 4 player in Minnesota for the class of 2016.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.