February 14, 2011
Spartans recruiting Indiana tight end
When it comes to tight end prospect the Michigan State staff is usually very particular in what they are looking for. Lots of tight ends prospects can catch passes, but being able to block well is what separates the men from the boys. That is a big reason why Michigan State is looking closely at 6-foot-4, 250-pound Pierre Aka of Indianapolis Pike High School in Indiana.
SpartanMag.com asked Aka what schools are currently showing him the most recruiting interest and what his plans are as far as checking out some of his suitors.
"I am hearing from a lot of schools like Iowa, Stanford, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Michigan, Notre Dame , Minnesota, Northwestern , Purdue, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ball State, Miami OH, Bowling Green, Penn State, Northern Illinois, and of course Michigan State," Aka stated.
Aka's is trying to be proactive this spring and get on as many college campuses as possible. We asked him about the school she has been to and if he intends on making it to East Lansing in the near future?
"I have visited Iowa 3 times, the latest was on their junior day," he said. "I have a visit on the 19th at Indiana, the 27th at Michigan State and March 5th at Cinncinati. I plan on going down to Notre Dame Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue this spring as well. I am not sure on this summer, but I will attend LSU's camp this summer and some other schools.
As Spartanmag.com has indicated, Michigan State is very particular about the tight ends they recruit. The Spartans have a history of exceptional play at that position under Coach Head coach Mark Dantonio. Kellen Freeman-Davis is playing for the Chicago Bears and Charlie Gantt is also expected to be playing on Sunday's as well. We asked Aka what his strength's are as a player?
"My strength as a player is blocking," he said. "You can see that on my highlight I finish my plays. Every time I step on the line i just want to destroy the guy in front of me. I have really good footwork and flexibility which helps me a lot when I am blocking. I really have great hands even though i didn't get that many catches this year. I also played defensive end back in Texas. I got moved to tight as soon as I moved to Pike. Next year I am not sure which side of the ball i would be playing on and frankly it doesn't matter to me anyway i can help the team is fine with me.
Aka is a very strong student and he indicated that his field of study will impact his college decision. We asked him about some of the important factors he is looking for that could impact his recruitment.
what i look for in a college is first off academics that is something i really find important into making my decision. i want a college that can give me a great education and being able to know that when i graduate from that school i will have many opportunities. i Plan on majoring in Nuclear Enginneering.. so it doesnt matter to me how good of team the school has but how good the education is so my option are very open so i wont make my decision on how big small or good the team is and as far as location it doesnt matter to me either wich ever school fits me right academicly thats where im going.i know i little about michigan state havent really been there before but hopefully after the visit i can kinda get a glance at the school.
It certainly cannot hurt Spartsn chances with Aka when you consider that Michiagn State is known to have the top Nuclear Programs in the entire country. In fact, this year Michigan State beat out M.I.T. for top honors in graduate studys of Nuclear Science. Michigan State's $600 Millior Facility for Rare Isotope Beams is the only one of its kind in the United States.
SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Aka after he returns from East Lansing. You can be sure he will be a player the staff wiil be excited to have on campus on Februart 28th
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