October 1, 2012

Scanlon on Spartan radar

Scholarships for the class of 2013 are very tight, but Michigan State is still recruiting Brett Scanlon with the idea that a spot could open up in the near future or he could be a potential grey-shirt. Find out more.

It is well documented that Michigan State does not have a lot of scholarship room availble for the class of 2013. With that said, the staff would still like to somehow add a high-quality kicker to the roster and that is where Brett Scanlon of Dowgiac High school comes in. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound kicker has a powerful leg and the Spartan staff has been in frequent contact.

Scanlon has been to East Lansing several times over the past few months and he is solidly on the Spartan board as potential scholarship player. The staff likes the fact that he has an extremely powerful leg and kid a lot of lift on his kicks.

Scanlon had the following to say about His recruitment when we spoke with him.

"I'm currently being recruited by a number of schools from all over the country," he said "They include Michigan State, LSU, Yale, Illinois, Western, Ball State, University of Memphis, and UCLA. I would have to say that Michigan State is definitely one of my top choices. I'm hoping I will be able to get an offer from them. As far as my other offers, I received one earlier in the year from Eastern. However, this was for punting."

Scanlon is having an outstanding senior season for Dowagiac High. The team is currently undefeated and looking to make a championship run to Ford Field. We asked Scanlon about what he is hearing from the Spartans and his current season stats.

"I guess Coach Staten and Coach Tressel are supposed to sit down sometime soon and make the final decision as to what they are going to do with the kicker spot," Scanlon said. "I should know by the end of this month. 98 percent of my kickoffs are touch backs. 16 of my kickoffs have gone through the uprights. I'm 100 percent on extra points(24/24) and 4 of 7 on field goals. However, the three that I missed were from 60 and out.

I start at middle linebacker and quarterback. I am the second leading tackler on the team with 55 tackles so far."

It is very possible that Michigan State may end up looking at a grey-shirt option for a kicker if they do not find room in the class of 2013. A grey-shirt simply enrolls in school as a preferred walk-on under the premise they will go on scholarship the following semester. With Kevin Muma expected to graduate after the 2013 season, the scholarship spot will likely open up then.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Scanlon in the coming weeks. The new rules in college football make it very beneficial to have a kicker with a leg like his.

To see highlight of Sanlon in action, click the link below.


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