Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans have made it explicitly clear, there will only be one quarterback in the recruiting class of 2014. With three offers on the table, a decision by one of three young men to break their silence and pledge their allegiance to Spartan Nation is on the horizon.
Michigan State target DeShone Kizer is a 6’4” 205 pound dual-threat quarterback who will be a game changer in college football. The Central Catholic (Toledo, Ohio) product has received over 20 scholarship offers from the familiar foes of the Big Ten as well one from Michigan native and current Tennessee Volunteers Head Coach Butch Jones and former MSU head coach Nick Saban. Though Kizer has plenty of options and could take his time to maker a decision, he wants to have a clear mind as soon as possible.
He recently joined Hondo S. Carpenter, Sr on Spartan Nation Radio to talk MSU and the recruiting cycle.
“The recruiting process at the quarterback position is definitely sped up, explained Kizer. “[The staff] has already let me know that they have offered three guys who they really want and whoever decides first is the one we are going to take. I’m still waiting it out, but I definitely want it done before this upcoming summer. I want to have my mind set and be committed by late spring.”
Spartans fans are going to want this highly touted prospect to chose the green and white quickly. His “never say die” attitude is a staple of his character.
“At the quarterback position, if you always try and take the easy way out you won’t be as successful as other people,” said Kizer. “If there is a third and short or a close situation in a game, I know I have to get those few extra yards. I’m not afraid to stick my head in there a few times.”
Kizer also has fantastic field awareness. The quarterback’s head is consistently on a swivel looking for potential targets.
“I’m a big believer that the defense can only hold for so long,” said Kizer. “I know if I can move my feet and create just a few extra seconds, that guy can get a step on his man. Even though I can make plays with my feet, my running backs and receivers are leaking out and can make better plays.”
After making multiple trips to East Lansing to visit the Michigan State campus, Kizer is legitimately considering calling the Mid-Michigan region home for four years.
“I truly set Michigan State at a high standard against all these other schools,” explained Kizer. “Their coaching staff is the best of the best. Coach Dantonio, Coach [Dave] Warner and Coach [Dan] Roushar who is no longer there, they all have taken me in. They are all down to earth guys. The campus is amazing. It is a bigger campus and I like that and it is one of the best cities in the Midwest.”
For as competitive as Kizer is on the football field, the student-athlete has dominated his classwork as well.
“I like to be the best that I can possibly be,” said Kizer. “I know that a degree will once again put me on top of people. I don’t like to consider myself on top of people but having that degree opens up the door for me to do whatever I want to do in life. I always tell myself you are put on this world for one reason, and that is to make a change and I know that with a degree and with the right mindset, you can make those changes a lot easier.”