July 16, 2010

Spartans looking at in-state DT for 2012

One of the players that had a strong performance at the Michigan State Camp on Monday was defensive tackle prospect Matt Godin of Detroit Catholic Central. SpartanMag.com has the inside information on his recruitment.


Defensive tackle recruiting is always a top priority for Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff. On Monday they had a chance to evaluate Godin, and by the looks of it he will be high on the recruiting board for 2012.

SpartanMag.com asked Godin about the Spartan camp.

"I thought it was a great camp," he said. "I do wish we would have done more 1 on 1's though. The coaches told me to keep working hard and they will see my first few games junior year and then go from there."

Godin measured in at a solid 6-foot-5 and 254-pounds. SpartanMag.com observed him in the drill and one-on-one portion of the camp. His technique and work ethic were both impressive.

We asked Godin about the schools he is hearing from and if he has any family connections to local schools.

I hear from Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State and Buffalo," he said. "My dad ,brother and sister all went to Michigan, so they are definitely up there for me"

Despite his strong family connections, Godin indicated that the school he eventually decides to attend will be based on where he feels most comfortable athletically, academically and socially.

Godin has been to East Lansing before and has friends who attend Michigan State, including one current member of football team.

"I know Niko (Palazeti) really well because I played football and did track with him. He has always given me good advice."

Palazeti was a player the Spartans added to the class of 2010 right before signing day. The bruising fullback received his scholarship due to both his on-field and off-field work ethic. That fact is something Godin is well aware of.

Despite the loss of Palazeti and several other talented players from Catholic Central's 2009 State Championship team, Godin is optimistic that the team can be just as good this fall. With legendary Michigan High School Coach Tom Mach roaming the sidelines it is a safe bet the Shamrocks will be one of the state's best again in 2010.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Godin as it unfolds over the coming weeks. As of right now he looks to be one of the top prospects in Michigan for the class of 2011 and a player that Michigan State will be keeping close tabs on throughout the fall. Spartan Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi serves as teh primary recruiter of Godin for Michigan State.


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