O'Brien Knows Spartans Are Not Going To Stop

Sunday found Danny O'Brien working against other prospects at the Best of the Midwest Showcase. Despite having offers already in his hand, the 4-Star defensive tackle looked to keep getting better. We spoke with O'Brien about his Spartan offer and more.

Make no mistake… Danny O'Brien knows his work is just starting despite the fact several programs have already offered. For this reason, the Flint (MI) Luke M Powers Catholic High School defensive tackle was taking part in the Best of the Midwest Showcase.

"It was great. There was great competition here and a lot of great athletes and good players. Therefore, I am sure many top prospects will come from this camp. A lot of media showed up and that is great for the kids who may not have as much exposure yet to earn some."

Despite being one of the top prospects on hand, the 6-foot3, 287-pound defensive tackle knows he cannot slow down now.

"I do not want to stop. I do not want to stop getting bigger and better. I want to be the best I can be and the highest recruit I can be. Coming here allows me to practice my moves for some bigger camps."

While some may hold double-digit offers, O'Brien is happy with the pace things have taken so far.

"It has slowly picked up and I expect it to keep getting bigger and bigger as I now have media on the phone every night. So it has been a great experience so far and something you dream about when you are young."

One of his offers came from Michigan State. How excited was he to earn an offer from the Spartans?

"It was awesome. As a kid, you always dream of an offer from a school like Michigan State. So it is big. My best friend Matt Godin got offered by them a week before me, so it was cool to pick that offer up and maybe have a chance to go to a school together."

One thing that has not gone unnoticed by O'Brien is the success shown by the Spartans on the field this past season.

"The success they had this season is huge. Coach Dantonio coming in and being what they were with the former coaching staff under John L. Smith is an amazing accomplishment considering they were not even in contention for a championship and now to have won it, it is a huge thing and awesome. It definitely opens your eyes because they are not going to stop. Coach Dantonio said that, and things are going to keep getting better and the next thing to do is win a National Championship."

As for East Lansing and the Michigan State campus, O'Brien has only heard great things.

"It's a great place. You see a lot of kids comfortable there. I know a couple of kids who play for the team and they always talk it up. It's a great place to live as a college kid and not too far from home for me."

Could distance become a factor in his decision?

"No, distance is not a factor. I'll go were ever I am comfortable, so distance is not really a factor."

As for any time visiting the Spartans, Danny got a firsthand look as the Spartans went through a winter workout.

"I went down for a morning workout because our athletic director was a grad assistant at MSU. So I had a chance to speak with Coach Gill and he told me where they liked me at and how they see me fitting in the program."

Keeping an eye on the program has not just started for Danny. He is seeing a change in how people think about Michigan State Football first hand.

"It has really been kind of different the past couple of years because Michigan State is known for Tom Izzo basketball not football. Now, with Coach Dantonio, he has switched the mindset around and shown they can have great success."

Also holding an offer from the Spartans is Matt Godin. While the pair plays at different schools, they have known each other for some time and interest is high by both of them in Michigan State.

"Matt is my best friend and we have been playing football together since fourth grade. So to be able to play college football together would be awesome."

Spartan Digest will continue to check back with Danny O'Brien in the coming months.

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