April 25, 2013
Spartans to check out Illinois OT
The Michigan State staff is hitting the road during the spring evaluation period and one of the players they are taking a serious look at is Blake Hance of Jacksonville High School in Illinois. SpartanMag.com was able to catch up with the 6-foot-6, 260-pound prospect and got the details.
Hance is seeing his stock rise this spring as numerous teams stop into his high school to evaluate him. At this points Hance holds scholarship offers from Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt, Wyoming, Norther Illinois and Western Michigan. Hance spoke with SpartanMag.com about the schools that have stopped in Jacksonville High or will be in this week.
"So far Illinois, Purdue, and Northwestern have been in," Hance said. "Tomorrow Northern Illinois, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, and Michigan State are supposed to be in school! Then Friday Michigan is what I know so far and Nebraska next week."
Hance visited East Lansing back in January and came away impressed with everything he saw at Michigan State University
I definitely like Michigan State a lot ... great campus, facilities, coaching staff, and history. I really hope that sometime I can earn an offer from the Spartans."
Hance was being recruited by Coach Dan Roushar who has since left for the New Orleans Saints. Hance talked about that aspect.
"My coach said Coach Burton is the area guy now," Hance said. "I haven't had a lot of contact with Michigan State since coach Roushar left so I'm happy to have them coming in to visit."
Hance is hoping to make his college decision prior to his senior season and with that in mind he told us that the next few weeks could go a long way toward him doing that.
"I'm hoping to have a pretty narrowed down list by the summer," he said. "I am going to wait and see how things go in the evaluation period. I'm not naming any favorites just yet, but I have a few teams that are starting to stick out."
It is very likely that the Spartans will invite Hance back up to East Lansing so he can attend the Michigan State 1-Day Elite Player Camp. At that point he will be able to work personally with both Coach Mark Staten and Coach Jim Bollman. If Hance does not have a Michigan State scholrship offer by that point he could certainly earn one at camp.
Matt Dorsey's Take: Jacksonville, Illinois is not on the regular [path when it comes to football recruiting. The fact that Coach Burton will be stopping into Hance's school is a sure sign that the staff wants to see more of Hance in the near future.
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