With the success of Michigan State's defense in recent years, some schools naturally hope to mirror the success.
So when Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward linebacker Troy Henderson visited East Lansing on Sunday, getting the chance to talk more in depth about the defense his school looks to emulate was valuable.
"The best part was just sitting down and talking to the linebackers coach Mike Tressel," Henderson said. "I talked to him for a good 30-45 minutes, comparing schemes and comparing different things we run. Our defense tries to copycat what they do, so it was good seeing how we do a lot of the same exact things."
Playing what would be the STAR linebacker at Michigan State, Henderson focused on seeing himself in that spot and how he can play it better.
It also gave him his first chance to take in what Michigan State has to offer with a group of his teammates.
"It was awesome," he said. "I loved every second of it. From the basketball game to talking with the coaches, looking at the jerseys, the facilities and watching the highlight tapes (of last season)."
The 6-foot-1, 212-pound linebacker was invited to camp in East Lansing this summer when MSU coach Jim Bollman visited his school a month ago and is hoping for more contact now.
"After I got up there this weekend they said they would be in touch and they are interested in me," he said. "I talked to (Pat) Narduzzi, the defensive coordinator, and he said he loved my film and will keep in contact with me."
"This weekend I'm going to go up to Michigan with Shaun Crawford, he's committed there," Henderson said. "I'm going to visit Cincinnati on March 1 or the 29th. I'm going to visit Kent State on March 8, so those three so far."
He also is focused on hard work this offseason and stepping into a greater leadership role.
"I'm just lifting all the time, speed training and I do track," he said. "I have a job, too, so I am going to be doing all of that.
"Then I'm going to be a leader to help my teammates try to get better, bigger, faster and stronger and mentor the younger guys since I'm going into my senior year. I want to be a coach on the field."