Michael Furtney

Spartans "up there" with in-state OT Mike Furtney

Milan (Mich.) offensive tackle Michael Furtney talks about his Michigan State offer, visit, and how his recruitment now changes.

Michael Furtney is now approaching 30 offers in his recruiting process, but the latest offer, he admits, had a slightly different impact than some of the other recent offers because it came from inside his home state.

The Michigan State Spartans offered Furtney on his Sunday visit and now join WisconsinMinnesotaIndianaNebraskaVanderbilt and others on his list.

"It means a lot me," he said. "It is an honor receiving an offer from any school but it's a little different coming from a school that you grew up watching."

Furtney has been diligent in getting on the road with his family and building relationships with the coaching staffs who have offered him. While the Spartan offer is newer, however, the relationships are not as he has been in contact with their coaches for quite a while.


"I've been talking with Coach Staten and Coach Warner the most.  They are both great guys and have treated me really good through this process.  I met Coach Dantonio today and actually spent quite a bit of time with him.  He was a great guy too."

The question now is, where do the Spartans stand in comparison to those other programs?

"This offers ranks right up there with my top schools.  It changes some things but I am still trying to stick to my process of learning as much as I can about every school that has offered me and finding where my fit is."

Furtney is not rushing that process of finding a fit, but he does hope to keep moving forward and make an educated, firm decision.

"As of right now we don't have any more visits scheduled.  I have started narrowing down my list a little bit. I definitely need to start narrowing it down even more.  I will start that this week and start contacting those coaches.  As far as a decision, I haven't set a time frame yet. I am trying to be as thorough as I can in this process and not make any spur of the moment decisions.  When I commit to a school, I will be 100% committed to them."

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