November 5, 2010

Illinois Athlete looking around?

Coaching change always bring recruiting opportunities. Michigan State knows this better than most as All-American Greg Jones was once committed to Minnesota before they fired Glen Mason. Matt LaCosse of Naperville North High School Illinois is in a similar situation. SpartanMag.com caught up with LaCosse and got the latest on his recruitment.

LaCosse is still listed as a commitment to the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the rivals.com databases, but it is clear that he is taking a look around due to the coaching change at Minnesota. We asked him about the situation at Minnesota and if he has been to any other schools as of late.

"I have been in touch with the coaches at Minnesota. They are waiting until after the season to name a new coach, LaCosse stated. I went down to see Illinois play Indiana. I am hearing from lots of schools. Purdue is showing me a lot of interest, I hear from them every week.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound LaCosse, who plays quarterback, for his high school tea, talked about his season and what position teams are recruiting him for.

"We are 7-3 right now, he said. We have a playoff game tomorrow night (Friday). So far on the season I have thrown for 4 touchdowns, we don't throw a lot, and rushed for 14. I have around 400-yards passing and over 1000-yards rushing. Most teams are recruiting me as a tight end, a few have talked about quarterback, but tight end is the position most says, and I am fine with that."


Earlier this week a recruiting update indicated that the Spartans had offered LaCosse a scholarship. SpartanMag.com asked LaCosse about that.

"Actually Michigan State has not offered me a scholarship. They are one of the teams that was showing me a lot if interest before I committed. I went up there for a day of camp this summer. I liked it up there, but they did not offer.

Coach Dan Roushar serves as the primary recruiter of LaCosse for Michigan State and the Spartan could look to host LaCosse on an official visit later this winter if they decide to extend LaCosse an offer.

"Right now I am just taking things slow," LaCosse stated. I am going to take a couple of official visits and see how things play out. I want to make sure I make a decision which is best for me."

Michigan State is tight on scholarships, but they are looking to possibly add a big athlete to the class. A few weeks ago the hosted DE/TE Shilique Calhoun of New Jersey on an official visit. LaCosse and Calhoun are of similar size, are excellent all-around athletes and have impressive scholarship offers.


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