August 29, 2011

Michigan TE on radar for 2013

One of the players the Michigan State staff is already taking a close look at for the class of 2013 is tight end prospect Pete Cender of Howell High School. SpartanMag.com caught up with Cender and got the early details on his recruitment.

With 14 commitments in what is expected to be around an 18-man class of 2012, the Michigan State staff is already taking a close look at some of the top prospect in-state for the class of 2013. Cender is one of the players the staff will be watching closely this fall. We asked Cender about his summer and his recruitment.

"Michigan State has shown me the most interest so far," he stated. "Obviously it has been slow this summer, but I am sure it will pick back up in the fall as my season progresses. I went to Michigan State's camp this summer. I think I did pretty well being an underclassmen. I also went to see one of Michigan State practices. Coach Terry Samuel is the coach that is recruiting me for them."

Howell High School is predominately a running team and that will actually benefit Cender as far as being recruited by the Spartans. Being able to block is much more valuable skill that simply being a pass catcher. Every tight end can usually catch, but not all are willing to do the physical, dirty work as well.

We asked Cender if he has any family that graduated from the local schools and if he grew up following any particular team

"I have a sister that attends the University of Michigan, but neither one of us grew up rooting for Michigan and when the two played we pulled for State. I'm going to attend the Michigan State vs. Central game right now and I'm pretty excited to see my first Spartan game."

Cender is not only a football player for Howell, he is a 3-sport athlete that excels in all endeavors.

"I played varsity basketball and Track as a sophomore and took 11th in the state at discus," he said.

Cender is one of the top throwers in the state for his age. He has thrown the discus over 150-feet already as only a sophomore. He also has thrown the shot put in excess of 46-feet. He will be looking to break the 160 and 50 marks this spring. If he does that, he will be on pace to challenge for the state championship in both events as a senior.

Howell High school started of the season last weekend by defeating Sterling Heights Stevenson by a score of 21-6. The team is in somewhat of a rebuilding mode after last years' strong showing (Howell lost to Rockford 31-27 in the Regional Finals). Cender is looking to expand his role on the team and make sure the Highlanders return to the playoffs for the 6th consecutive year.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow Cender this fall and have his highlight film posted after the season.


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