Recruiting: Pa. OL for 2017 a top target for MSU, U-M

Recruiting: Pa. OL for 2017 a top target for MSU, U-M


Recruiting: Pa. OL for 2017 a top target for MSU, U-M


Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio

One of the top offensive line recruits in the Big Ten region for the class of 2017 is Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway’s Robert Hainsey. The 6-foot-5, 272-pound prospect is rated a four-star recruit and the No. 215 player overall in the rankings. Michigan State offered Hainsey last year and also holds scholarships from Penn State, Michigan, Tennessee, West Virginia along with a host of other BCS programs.

Gateway should be very familiar to MSU fans. Two years ago, the Spartans were able to sign the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania, Gateway’s Montae Nicholson, who made an immediate impact in East Lansing and is being looked at as a future star. Hainsey and Nicholson are good friends and keep in regular contact.

“I really like Michigan State, especially the coaches,” Hainsey said. “Everything up there is very nice. I really like Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan. I am going to Penn State next week, possibly Ohio State the week after and as far as games this fall, I’m not sure. Their is a good chance I will see Michigan State play Oregon. One thing that is important is distance from home because I want my family to see me play. Wherever I go, I want it to feel as much like home as possible and where everyone is treated like family. I also want to go to a school that can potentially win a national championship.”

Hainsey spent much of the spring attending camps and combines and working on his skill set. He was at the Rivals Camp Series in Cleveland and was cited as one of the top underclass performers.

“Hainsey has already developed the competitiveness to battle on the offensive line and played with good intensity throughout Sunday’s competition,” said Rivals Midwest analyst Josh Helmholdt. “Measuring in at 6-foot-5 and 272 pounds Sunday, Hainsey is growing into his frame nicely and still has plenty of room to add bulk “

One of the positive factors for the Spartans in the recruitment of Hainsey is that his primary recruiter is offensive line coach Mark Staten. Developing a strong relationship with your position coach is an important aspect of the recruiting process.

Spartan strong man

MSU 2016 defensive tackle commitment Mike Panasiuk of Roselle (Ill.) Lake Park is attending The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., this week. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder has been impressing people with his strength and he was able to show that off in the bench press competition. Panasiuk broke The Opening bench press record with 43 reps of 185 pounds. While at The Opening, Panasiuk has shown in drills the blue-collar toughness that helped him garner his MSU scholarship offer.

Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for and


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