Gifted 2015 DE Immanuel Stinson Has Dreams of Success On and Off the Football Field

Not too long ago, few people were talking about defensive end Immanuel Stinson out of Romulus, Michigan. The 6’4, 214 pound junior and had a few offers from MAC programs, but until recently had yet to receive significant interest from a big time school. Stinson hopes Mark Dantonio and the Spartans will change that by extending Stinson a 2015 scholarship offer soon. Now, Stinson is receiving interest from a host of programs around the country and has a legitimate shot at becoming the No. 1 player in the state of Michigan by Signing Day for the 2015 class.

During a recent interview with Hondo Carpenter Sr. on Spartan Nation Radio, Stinson described himself as a “die-hard pass rusher” who could fit right in on the aggressive Spartan-Dawg, Pat Narduzzi defense. Due to his lethal quickness and natural athleticism, Stinson is able to blow by pass blockers and frequently apply pressure on the quarterback. “I feel no one can stop me because I am quicker than most at my position,” he said. “So if you put a guy in front of me, he will get beat.”

So far during his recruitment, Stinson has only spoken briefly with MSU Defensive Line Coach Ron Burton during a recent college visit. In Burton, Stinson saw a great motivator capable of getting the best out of him.  “I thought he was a really encouraging guy,” adding, “I feel like he is the type of coach who will give me the extra push I need.” According to Stinson, Burton advised that he focus on bulking up in the weight room and concentrate on developing his technique as a pass rusher.

As a player coming out of Romulus High School, Stinson was aware that there was a chance programs would overlook him. “Romulus is not known for its football,” he said, “so I took that as a challenge to try and get my school back on the map.” Stinson told listeners that he worked hard with his coaches and attended camps across the state in order to get his name out there. His hard work has paid off and Stinson is being noticed in a major way. “It worked out for me, my names starting to get out there and we’re starting to get people come to the school for football,” he said.

Stinson told listeners that despite coming to high school thinking that he could “just get by and breeze easy,” he has matured a great deal and now takes his academics as seriously as he takes football. Too busy joking around with friends; Stinson said that the transition to high school from middle school was a difficult one for him. As he advanced in high school, however, he realized that he had talent many other players didn’t have and could have an opportunity to play football at any college of his choice. From that moment on, according to Stinson, grades became a big factor.

Because of his hard work in the classroom, Stinson will be academically eligible to play football in college after he eventually makes his decision. Stinson credits the guidance of his mother and grandfather in keeping him on the right track and focused on being successful. “My grandfather played that father role for me because my father wasn’t really around,” he said. “When my grandfather passed away, my mom just filled the void. She did everything she had to do or could do to make sure I stayed on my grades and I had a steady place to stay.”  

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