Even though Walled Lake Western’s Spencer Brown is just finishing up his sophomore season, he has visited Michigan State so many times in the last year that it felt like Wednesday’s scholarship offer from the Spartans was a long time in the making.
While he had built a good relationship with the coaching staff through those visits, Monday was an opportunity for the staff to see him as part of the spring evaluation period, and when coupled with his film from last fall and his dimensions (6-6, 270 pounds), the Spartans felt like they had a scholarship recruit.
“They came in the school Monday when we were working out,” Brown said. “I got to show them my offensive line skills more and show them how I move and they were impressed with me. Coach (Mark) Staten seemed like he really liked me and we have a good relationship, he just needed approval from Coach (Mark) Dantonio, and I had talked with Coach Dantonio before and he liked me, so they pulled he trigger.”
Brown played defensive line at Walled Lake Northern in the fall. He transferred to Western in the winter and has still played defensive line at camps and likely will play both ways this season, but his size and tools have a lot of schools thinking about his high ceiling at offensive tackle.
He said the Spartans offer is likely at offensive line for now, but that was not set in stone.
For now, position is not important. He is simply thrilled to have an offer from a school he grew up watching and following.
“It was breathtaking,” he said. “It is a true blessing to get it, not only because I worked and it paid off, but because I couldn’t do it without my coaches (Walled Lake Western head coach Mike Zdebski), I couldn’t do it without him or my other coaches and the support of my team and parents.”
The spring evaluation period has brought a spike in recruiting attention for Brown. Louisville, Pittsburgh, Northern Illinois, Syracuse, Minnesota, Iowa State, Ohio, Kent State, Bowling Green and Indiana all offered in the last two weeks.
His childhood affinity for Michigan State and the proximity has allowed him to build a great familiarity with the Spartans, however. He also said he speaks with Western senior Cody White, a wide receiver who signed with MSU in the 2017 class.
Brown also plans to get back on campus again soon.
“I will go down there for a camp this summer so we can build a relationship with Coach Staten and see how he coaches me and then I will go up there maybe this Friday or next week.”
Although recruiting has greatly increased for Brown, he has not let any of it go to his head or cloud his view from what his main purpose was in transferring schools.
“Right now, I’m working in the weight room, getting my position down pat to try to win a state championship with my football team,” he said. “That’s why I came over here, to change my lifestyle and be a great student-athlete, that’s my first goal. Then after that I’ll try to hit these camps this summer, keep meeting with schools and take a couple visits, but I’m focusing on my team right now and a state championship.”
MSU QB commit gets SEC offers
Dearborn Divine Child quarterback Theo Day, who committed to Michigan State in late February, has been offered scholarships by Ole Miss and Georgia in recent weeks.
Despite that, Day remains firmly committed to the Spartans.
Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri were among the other schools who had offered prior to his commitment to Michigan State.
Spartans offer Carolina backer
Shelby (N.C.) High School linebacker Dax Hollifield, a class of 2018 prospect, was offered Wednesday by Michigan State.
Hollifield is a hard-hitting 6-foot-1, 225-pound prospect who finished his junior season with 146 tackles (52 for loss) and 18.5 sacks.
North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Alabama are among his other scholarship offers.
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 and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.