June 10, 2013

Matich hopes for Spartan offer

This coming weekend 6-foot-2, 290-pound Nick Matich is hoping that the Michigan State Spartans become the 13th school to offer him a scholarship. If that happens, it may not take very long for the Clarkston High School product to make a decision SpartanMag.com has some details.

One of the in-state players that has seen his recruiting stock take a significant rise this spring is Matich. Numerous schools have stopped into evaluate him at Clarkston High School and shortly afterwards they would offer a scholarship to him. As of right now Matich has a host of MAC offers as well as scholarship from the Naval Academy. Other schools actively involved in his recruitment include Michigan State, Iowa, Vanderbilt and North Carolina.

Matich attended the Midwest Elite Big Man Camp earlier this year and he impressed Rivals.com Midwest Analyst Josh Helmholdt at that event. He had the following to say about Matich after watching him in action.

"Matich might be a little undersized in terms of height, but very strong at the point of attack and has great pad level. He is a kid who really jumped out today."

The college camp season stated in earnest this past weekend and Matich informed us that he has a busy schedule in front of him.

"I will be camping at Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Vanderbilt and North Carolina," he said. "I will be at Michigan State on Sunday."

Matich is very familiar with the Spartan program due to strong family connection to Michigan State. We asked him about that and his thoughts on the Green and White.

"My whole family has gone to Michigan State and it is my dream to play for them," Matich stated. "I have been talking to Coach Salem since my freshman year and he keeps saying they will decide about a scholarship offer at camp."

Matich will be working with new Defensive Line Coach Ron Burton at the Spartan Camp. He will also be getting a close look by Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi and Head Coach Mark Dantonio. The Spartans will be hosting numerous top recruits on both the offensive and defensive lines at camp. The opportunity will be there for Matich to prove himself against numerous players that already hold scholarships to BCS schools. A strong performance could push him closer to a Michigan State offer.

SpartanMag.com will be paying particular attention to the offensive and defensive line recruits that are at camp. Spartan commitments like Brian Allen, Enoch Smith Jr. and Chase Gianacakos are all expected to be in attendance as is Wisconsin soft commitment Craig Evans. How Matich stacks up with those players will likely determine if he moves up the recruiting board.

Clarkston High School is expected to be one of the top teams in Division 1 this fall. With players like Matich, David Beedle and Tom Cason, the Wolves have more college prospects on the roster than just about any team in Michigan except for Detroit Cass Tech. Matich indicated that he is looking forward to his senior season and hopes to help Clarkston make a run all the way to Ford Field.

SpartanMag.com's Take: It is rare to see a player have such an extensive list of MAC offers at this point, but still not hold a BCS offers. If Matich was 6-foot-4, he would likely have a dozen BCS offers and be as highly touted as any defensive tackle in the Midwest

It will be interesting to see how Matich's recruitment progresses. The Spartan are in on some very highly touted defensive tackle prospects so they have the luxury of being selective. With that being said, Coach Mark Dantonio has shown in the past that he could care less about star rankings or who else has offered a prospects. If he and his staff are able to work a player out in person and they think he has what it takes, he gets offered. Players like Trae Waynes, Arjen Colquhoun and Dyaln Chmura came to MSU's Camp without a lot of hype of BCS offers and they are now Michigan State Spartans.

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