Spartans talking to S.C. offensive lineman

"I feel like Monday morning I did pretty average and Monday afternoon and Tuesday I played about the best football that I've played in a long time. So I feel pretty good about it. Hopefully some new schools will take a look at me."

DETROIT - Michigan State has headed south in their search for offensive lineman to add to the 2006 recruiting class.

MSU is zeroing in on 6-foot-4, 275-pound Benji Inabinet from Columbia (SC) Irmo as their latest target.

Scout.com's Miller Safrit caught up with Inabinet as he prep for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. "It's been pretty good for me. We have a great coaching staff, I've met some great friends, and I felt that I've done a pretty solid job," Inabinet told Safrit.

"I feel like Monday morning I did pretty average and Monday afternoon and Tuesday I played about the best football that I've played in a long time. So I feel pretty good about it. Hopefully some new schools will take a look at me."

As for his current teams of interest, Inabinet is open to everybody and wants to see the fallout from new evaluations this week before making a quick decision.

"I love Middle Tennessee, Michigan State has come into the mix so I'm taking a hard look at them, Maryland, Virginia, and NC State. Hopefully I can make a decision soon."

The two star standout plays the center position, one of the most pivotal on the offensive line. MSU is thin at the position. Last year's starter Kyle Cook graduated and MSU was reluctant to play John Masters who ended up starting the last three games at the position.

Inabinet would fill a gap that MSU has at the position. Stay tuned as GSN will keep you up to date on the Spartans targets in the South.


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