A visit to Michigan to see family turned into a lot more for Tyler Higby a couple weeks ago.
The Houston (Texas) Kinkaid offensive lineman decided to make a stop at Michigan State during his time in Michigan, picking up an offer in the process.
On Wednesday night, he decided he wanted to be a Spartan and announced his commitment to Michigan State.
”Ever since I got back, it has been on my mind, how great it was and how much I loved it,” he said. “I talked to my parents a lot (Wednesday night) about the whole situation and it just felt right.”
Higby’s mother, one of nine children in her family, is a Saginaw native and has siblings in Detroit and Plymouth as well. The trip to visit family came together as football season is approaching for the 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman and his summer is almost over.
”We both thought this would be the last time I would get up there to see them before I go off to college so we wanted to get up there and make a quick trip,” he said. “While we were up there, we decided to make a stop at Michigan State.”
Instead, he will be seeing a lot more of them once he arrives on campus in East Lansing and he said having family in Michigan was a big part of his decision. Another element was the relationship with offensive line coach Mark Staten, which he quickly developed on his visit.
”With Coach Staten, just the second I walked in the room he seemed high energy and like a really good coach,” he said. “There was something about him and we really connected right away. He seemed like a really good guy.
”Same with Coach (Mark) Dantonio. I went in there with my mom and my uncle and one of my friends and we call came out saying he seemed like a great guy. That is how I felt about everyone there.”
Higby is the second commitment from the state of Texas in the 2015 class, joining West Mesquite cornerback Josh Butler. The pair visited Michigan State the same day.
With his recruitment out of the way, and having the weight off his shoulders, he said he is ready to cap his high school career with a fun final year.
“I’m just really enjoying my senior year and being a good leader on the football field this year,” he said. “I want my whole team to have a good year.”