January 23, 2013

Spartans taking serious look at Detroit OL

Offensive line recruiting will be very important for Michigan State in the coming months and one player the staff is already taking a serious look at is Ka'John Armstrong of Detroit Loyola High School. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect was in East Lansing recently and he spoke with SpartanMag.com about his recruitment.

Armstrong had an outstanding junior campaign for Loyola. He was a key reason that the Bulldogs finished the season 13-1 and advanced all the way to the Division 7 Championship. Armstrong is now in the weight room working hard to make sure that next year ends with a championship. We asked him about his contact with Michigan State and his thoughts on attending the junior day.

"Coach Terry Samuel is my recruiter for Michigan State," Armstrong said. "It was a great visit. It was good to see the campus again and get a new feel for it."

Armstrong was on campus several times this past fall. He attended the Spartans game against Boise State as well as Ohio State. Last weekend he was able to learn more about the academic side of Michigan State as well as develop some additional rapport with the coaching staff.

Armstrong's teammate Malik McDowell has got the lion's share of attention so far, but college coaches are well aware that Armstrong is an impressive prospect in his own right and will likely end up with a significant list of scholarship offers as we;;. He talked with SpartanMag.com about the teams showing him the most interest and what feedback he is receiving from them.

"Different coaches have said they like different things about me," Armstrong stated. "They have said that they like my size, my feet and the way I use my hands. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State are the teams that have been showing him the most interest."

Michigan State only signed 1 offensive lineman for the class of 2013, Dennis Finley of Detroit Cass Tech High School. Usually a team signs 3 offensive linemen to each class when you consider the magic # for scholarships is usually around 15. SpartanMag.com expects that Coach Dantonio and his staff will take 4 offensive linemen and Armstrong could end up being the top prospect in the state at the tackle spot. We spoke with him about what it would me to get a Spartan scholarship offer.

"Michigan State is a great to play football for and get a good education. I have a cousin that attends there and a former teammate from my school is on the football team there."

Armstrong does not have a time-table at this point as far as making his college choice. When he makes his decision will have a lot to do on the offers he receives. It would not be a surprise if he starts to pick up some offers this spring when he attends some of the regional camps and combines and coaches are able to stop into his school for the May Evaluation Period. The Michigan State staff will likely be looking for Armstrong at the Sound Mind-Sound Body Camp or at the Spartan OL/DL Camp.

Spartanmag.com will be sure to follow the recruitment of Armstrong in the coming months. This time last year Dennis Finley was still looking for his first Big Ten offer. He would end up with scholarship from Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin. Armstrong would certainly be happy if his recruitment followed a similar path.

Matt Dorsey's Take: Armstrong is a player we expect the staff will be watching very closely this spring. The staff will likely invite him back up in April to see a practice or the Green and White Game. The fact that Michigan signed 6 offensive linemen this year to the Spartans 1 could be a positive factor when it comes to his recruitment.

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