Schaffer Will Consider Spartan Offer

CHICAGO -- Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy junior defensive end Thomas Schaffer added a new offer from Michigan State on Friday when he visited the Spartans. At Saturday's EFT/Adidas Showcase, he spoke to Scout about the offer.

When he came to the United State from Austria, Thomas Schaffer had no thought of receiving one major football offer, let alone 20. He now finds himself in that position as the nation's powers are coming after him.

Friday, another big one came for the 6-foot-7, 250-pound prospect, who could play defensive end or offensive tackle in college, as Michigan State offered him when he visited East Lansing as part of a bus tour which preceded Saturday's EFT/Adidas Top Ten Showcase.

"It was a great place," he said. "I got to meet all the coaches and I loved the coaches. They’re great. The strength and conditioning coach is a good guy and I like the people as well. The facilities are amazing like from every Big Ten school, but it was a really great experience to go there."

With so many offers, Schaffer denies a favorite or a narrowed list, but on the Spartans, he said, "I definitely will consider them."

After Michigan State, he went over to Michigan where the Wolverines have not offered but are showing serious interest.

"They’re very interested. Coach Harbaugh told me they love me at offensive line, defensive line, and I even move well enough to play tight end for them. They obviously like me a lot, so we'll see what the future brings but it would be a big deal for me if Michigan offered."

Next up for Schaffer, he will visit either Stanford or Purdue next week.

The process has been a whirlwind for him, especially the rush of major offers that has happened the last few months, but even the craziness of big-time recruiting has not caused him to lose sight of where he was and where he is now.

"I would have never thought this would happen to me, having all these offers and interest from big schools. It's an amazing feeing. I'm thinking back now on who has influenced me and helped put me in this position."

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