Tag:Mark Dantonio
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:22 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 11:24 pm

Urban Meyer lands two big-time defensive linemen

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It was only a matter of time.

As soon as Urban Meyer became the head coach at Ohio State, it was only a matter of when - not if - his impact on the recruiting trail would be felt. He landed his first two recruits since taking over in Columbus and they are big ones: Glenbard West (Ill.) defensive tackle Tommy Schutt and Canton (Ohio) defensive end Se'Von Pittman.

"My reasoning was just to follow my heart," Pittman told Rivals. "I wanted to be a Buckeye so I went with that feeling."

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound end is ranked 63rd overall in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps and was committed to Michigan State. All it took was an official visit to Ohio State and some face time with Meyer however and he was ready to flip his commitment.

"Honestly, I probably would have (stuck with Michigan State)," he said. "Coach (Mark) Dantonio is a great coach and he's a great person, period. For me to leave a coach like that, (Meyer) had to be a great coach and a great person too and everything he told me was what I wanted to hear to be comfortable enough to leave."

"A physical specimen who plays on one of Ohio's more storied programs," analyst Tom Lemming said of Pittman. "He's a legitimate DE prospect who can get up field in a hurry."

Pittman wasn't the first player to flip for Meyer however, as top 100 tackle Schutt was already wavering on his verbal to Penn State and all it took to make things official with Ohio State was a visit to Columbus this past weekend.

“I had a great visit and got to know some of the commits,” Schutt told 247Sports. “They were great guys and guys I look forward to playing with, and it’s a great coaching staff, and the whole environment of Ohio State is unbelievable.” 

Ranked as the 5th-best interior lineman in the country, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Schutt had been thinking about changing ever since Joe Paterno was forced out of State College. He held offers from just about every program in the country and you understand why when watching his film.

"Tommy dominates from start to finish," Lemming said. "Aggressive, tough, and instinctive, he's also very productive. Very fluid in his movements, he can redirect in the blink of an eye, is exceptionally quick off the ball, dominates the point of attack, and can split the double-team and apply pressure on the QB. He has the uncanny knack to play off blocks and find the ball."

The pair gives Ohio State 18 commitments for the class of 2012, now including three interior linemen ranked in the top 10 at their position.

Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:20 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 12:20 pm

Cornerback Ezra Robinson commits to Michigan St

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan State has recruited out-of-state increasingly better over the past few years and did so again this week, grabbing the commitment of Sarasota (Fla.) cornerback Ezra Robinson on Thursday.

"I knew during my visit that Michigan State was the right place for me,” Robinson told SpartanTailgate.com. “I just got along so well with [commitments Kyle Kerrick and Jermaine Edmondson]. Also, I just was on the same page with some of the players and their whole entire coaching staff."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back visited campus during the Spartans upset win over Wisconsin a few weeks ago. He held offers from Georgia Tech, North Carolina, South Florida and West Virginia among others but was sold on playing defense for Mark Dantonio and his staff.

"It's just a great program," he said. "They’re really defensively sound and I love that. Coach Dantonio is a defensive back coach by nature. That kinda gives you that edge being a defensive back. Michigan State is the perfect place to be. The coaching staff and the players. They all make you feel like you’re a part of a family already. If you have that type of relationship with your coaches and teammates you can never go wrong with it."

Robinson's pledge gives Michigan State 15 class of 2012 commitments, just two of which are defensive backs.

Posted on: June 20, 2011 12:38 am

Pittman makes Father's Day pledge to Michigan St.

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Things are just a little different in Midwest recruiting for the class of 2012. One Big Ten power, Michigan, has a new head coach who hasn't coached a game in Ann Arbor and another, Ohio State, faces the very real possiblity of NCAA sanctions thanks to a still-developing case.

While it has mostly been the Wolverines who have been able to build up some momentum on the recruiting trail, their in-state rival Michigan State is picking up steam as well and building a very good class. The Spartans added to it with a major verbal pledge Sunday afternoon in Canton (Ohio) defensive end Se'Von Pittman, who made a surprising Father's Day commitment.

"It was great getting the decision out of the way because now I can focus on other things, like my senior season," Pittman told SpartanMag.com. "What made me commit to Michigan State was Coach (Pat) Narduzzi and Coach (Mark) Dantonio. They're great coaches and I wanted to be a part of something like that, and just the fact that I wanted to be different. I wanted to go there and make my own name and be Se'Von Pittman at Michigan State."  

Ranked 63rd overall in the class of 2012 by MaxPreps, Pittman is planning on enrolling early in school and going through spring drills. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is also planning on being a leader from the moment he steps on campus as the Spartans look to build off their best season in decades in 2011.

"I really think the program is a big thing," he said. "I really think with me being there, we can really get a Big Ten Championship, maybe even a BCS. Right now we got the coaches, we just need more players."

Michigan State was the choice for Pittman over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State among others. The four-star player is the first defensive lineman in the program's class of 2012, which currently sits at six commitments.

As a junior last year, Pittman had roughly 100 tackles and six sacks.
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:42 am

Michigan State adds elite quarterback

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Coming off one of the best seasons in school history last year, Michigan State is finally starting to see a bounce in their recruiting. The program added a big pickup to their 2012 class late Monday night when Lima (Ohio) quarterback Tyler O’Connor committed to the Spartans.

“I’m proud to be a Spartan,” O’Connor told SpartanTailgate.com. “I love everything about (MSU).” 

Recently named a finalist to the Elite 11 quarterback competition and invited to participate in the camp in Southern California, O'Connor selected Michigan State over scholarship offers from Northwestern, Boston College, Louisville and West Virginia among others.

"(Mark Dantonio) was very excited and was glad I trusted him and the team," he said. "He said they were ending any other communication with other QB's and looked forward to getting more recruits along my side." 

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound O'Connor not only has a good arm but enough speed to escape from the pocket. He threw for over 2,500 yards and 27 touchdowns last season as a junior. He also rushed for 470 yards and 13 touchdowns.

O'Connor is the fifth commitment for Michigan State's class of 2012 and as he said, will be the only quarterback Dantonio takes this class. The school took just one quarterback in 2011 as well.
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