February 15, 2013
Spartans in contact with Ohio OT
One of the top offensive tackle prospects in the state of Ohio for the class of 2014 is Ben Oxley of Avon lake High School. Oxley has picked up multiple BCS offers this winter and is poised to add some more in the coming months SpartanMag.com was able to catch-up with the 6-foot-6, 260-pound prospect and got the details on his recruitment and his contact with Michigan State.
Offensive tackle is one of the most important recruiting needs for Michigan State this year. The Spartans only signed 1 offensive tackle in 2013, Dennis Finley of Detroit Cass Tech, and will graduate 2 players with starting experience after this season (Dan France and Fou Fonoti).We spoke with Oxley about his recruitment and the teams that are showing him a significant amount of interest.
"I have offers from Bowling Green, Toledo, Yale, Northwester and Illinois, he state. I am also hearing from Duke, Maryland, Pitt, Boston College, Ohio State, West Virginia and Michigan State. Georgia Tech has also started contact too."
Oxley is listed as 245-pound in the rivals.com database, but he has already gained 15-pounds since last summer and is looking at playing at around 275-pounds by the time his senior season rolls around.
Avon lake High School is on the east side of Cleveland and is a little over a 3-hour drive from there to Spartan Stadium.
We asked Oxley about his contact with Michigan State and his plans for the coming weeks.
"I saw Coach Samuel before signing day and I have also been able to talk with him quite a bit. I am going to make trips to Illinois and Northwestern in march and I also plan on going down to Duke to see a practice there, I am hoping to come up to Michal State at some point and I might also make a trip down to Louisville."
Michigan State likes to have prospect visit during spring practice sessions so recruit s can get a good feel for the position coach as well as sit in on a meeting and get to know the type of chemistry the players have. It is very likely that Oxley will be invited up to East Lansing in late March or early April.
Oxley is seeing his stock rise due to the fact that most teams believe he has the frame to carry additional weight without losing to much speed. He talked about what he has heard from college coaches.
"Most have primarily said they see me as an offensive tackle, however I have also heard about defensive line as well."
That fact that he is getting a mention at defensive line is testament to his quickness. You can see just how well he moves by checking out his junior season highlights linked below.
SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Oxley the coming weeks. If he stops into some of the camps or combines that are being held we will be sure to closely evaluate him. Oxley is one of several offensive line prospects that we fully expect will see his scholarship list expand throughout the process. As he continues to add size and hone his skills more and more college coaches will surely to take notice.
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