EXCLUSIVE:Â Star 2015 OL Gabe Megginson Has Offers From Around the Nation As an Elite talent and Talks Michigan State with Spartan Nation!
Gabe Megginson (WATCH THIS AND DROOL) out of Jacksonville, Illinois has a chance to be the number one ranked offensive tackle in the 2015 recruiting class. The 6-5, 290 pound junior has received scholarship offers from close to 20 schools from every major conference, including Michigan State, making him one of the most coveted players in next yearâ€™s class.Â
In a recent interview with Spartan Nation founder and Editor Hondo Carpenter Sr. on Spartan Nation Radio, Megginson told listeners that although he has not made any decisions yet, MSU is near the top of his list of potential destinations.
â€œI love the way they (MSU) run things, I love the coaches, I love the program. It will be tough coming down to it, but they will definitely be in the final discussion.â€
Despite growing up a â€œhugeâ€ Michigan football fan, Megginson told Spartan Nation Radio that he has â€œopened things upâ€ while being recruited by so many quality programs throughout the nation. Megginson stressed that he will not â€œjust be a Michigan fan and try and get recruited by themâ€ and will instead remain open to all the schools interested in him.
On campus in the fall for the Spartans season finale against Minnesota, Megginson told Hondo that he was greatly impressed with the environment around Spartan Stadium during his time in East Lansing. â€œThe atmosphere was great. Even though the students were on Thanksgiving break, the atmosphere was still phenomenal.â€
He was also struck by the personal attention he received from the MSU during his visit for the Minnesota game. Megginson said that Spartan coaches gave him a personal tour around the stadium less than ten minutes after the end of the football game. That kind of hospitality and show of commitment from the MSU coaches was not lost on Megginson. â€œThat was a big deal to meâ€, he said.
Aware that MSUâ€™s 2014 recruiting class is loaded with talent from the state of Illinois, including Enoch Smith Jr. and Chase Gianacakos, Brian Allen and Matt Morrissey, Megginson told listeners that he has been in contact with Spartan recruit and fellow offensive linemen Brian Allen, from Hinsdale Illinois. He said Allen messaged him over Twitter when he got his offer from MSU and started letting him know about the Spartan program. â€œThat he (Allen) took the time to do that is a big thing.â€
While Megginson has not yet narrowed his choices down to a top-list of preferred schools, he does hope to get his commitment out of the way before starting his senior football season in the fall. He said he hopes to be ready to make his final decision by the end of May, hopefully on his birthday, May 26th.
An incredibly humble and selfless young man, Megginson said that he does not want his decision to be a distraction during his final year of high school football, saying that he wants the highlight to be on his fellow senior teammates. â€œI just really want to focus on our class. I think itâ€™s our time so I want to give my full attention every day to our football teamâ€
A dedicated student, Megginson plans on studying business in college because he one day hopes to own and operate his own funeral home. Understanding that his career choice is perhaps not the most common dream for a guy his age, Megginson told Hondo that he was inspired by family friends who run a funeral home in his hometown.
No matter where he chooses to play football, Gabe Megginson is a class act. While he is primarily known for his skills on the field, Gabe is truly a better young man than he is a football player. We here at Spartan Nation are so proud of his hard work both on and off the field and we wish him the best of luck with his upcoming senior football season.