After playing four years of American football in Sweden, David Hedelin came stateside and enrolled at City College of San Francisco in hopes of earning a collegiate scholarship to play the sport he had quickly grown to love. One scholarship turned into two, then 10, then 23 -- and he fully accomplished his goal last weekend when he committed to Michigan State.
“(They have a) very nice team spirit,” he told Spartan Digest’s Dave Berk, “both in coaches and players, a great football program and beautiful women -- very similar to back home. (Coach Dantonio is a) very nice guy and down to earth.”
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Hedelin fills a key need at offensive tackle for the Spartans. Despite only one season against American competition, he demonstrated the talent to earn offers from schools like USC, Florida, Oregon, Oklahoma and others.
Scout.com’s JUCO analyst Scott Eklund believes that his best days are ahead of him and that he has a chance to be an All-Big Ten performer by the time his Spartan days are done.
“David hasn't played much football, so he's really raw, but that just means his ceiling is pretty darn high,” Eklund said. “He's naturally strong and he's got great feet. Overall, of the top JUCO offensive tackles out there, he could have the biggest upside.”
Hedelin is currently rated as a three-star prospect by Scout. He took an official visit to MSU on Oct. 12. He had one scheduled with Arizona for Jan. 17 but will no longer be taking that visit.
He becomes the 19th commitment in the Michigan State class of 2014.
Spartans offer Virginia Tech commit
Michigan State recently extended an offer to Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Ready offensive tackle Brady Taylor (6-5, 275), who has been committed to Virginia Tech since July. The Spartans are his 19th offer of the process. Wisconsin and Ohio State have both also shown recent interest in Taylor, who right now says he remains fully committed to Virginia Tech. The Hokies recently flipped quarterback Chris Durkin, who was committed to MSU.
Sokol set to enroll
Rochester Adams tight end Matt Sokol has completed the necessary requirements to begin his Spartan journey next month. He will begin taking classes as soon as the semester starts. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Sokol missed the end of his senior season with a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula, but is expected to be healthy enough to participate by the time spring practice begins.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan State recruiting column appears every Friday at detroitnews.com. For more on MSU recruiting, visit michiganstate.scout.com.