There is no mistaking the serious interest Alliance (Ohio) Marlington High School offensive lineman Zach Higgins has for Michigan State.
Having visited the Spartans just a couple of weeks ago, Higgins has now earned an offer from the MSU coaching staff.
"I have only been up to Michigan State once," Higgins told Spartan Digest. "I was there about two weeks ago to watch a practice. I really liked the tempo of the practice and the coaches are great. They are all great guys and unlike some schools, they took the time to be personal and talk with you."
After only one visit Higgins knows the Spartans have some great things going for them.
"When I was up there I had a chance to see the players' lounge and the football building. Everything was nice as they are one of the top schools in the Big Ten."
For Higgins, picking up his Spartans offer started his stress level to rise.
"The coaches are great and not trying to place any pressure on me. However, they did say they are only taking one guard and that has me concerned as I have them real high on my list."
How soon could Higgins make his announcement?
"I have been invited to Ohio State on the 16-th for a practice. After that visit I feel I am going to make up my mind give my commitment."
Higgins fully understands if he is late to the Spartans party.
"It is tough because the Michigan State coaches are not putting pressure on me. But recruiting is what it is and I understand if someone else commits."
With offers from a couple of Big East programs and several Mid-American programs, Zach knows the offer from Michigan State cannot be taken lightly. Another thing Zach likes about the Spartans offer is they have also offered teammate and Class of 2013 running back Dymonte Thomas.
"Michigan State has also offered Dymonte and if I would go to there, I would have to bring him along with me." (Spartan Digest will have more about Thomas coming)
With thoughts of studying pharmacy, Higgins knows a degree from Michigan State holds great value. Combining football and the study needed for a pharmacy degree requires great time management.
"I want to get a great education and Michigan State is a place I can do that at."
Heading up the Spartans recruiting efforts is Pat Narduzzi. Nevertheless, offensive line coach Mark Staten has made a great early impression as well.
"Coach Staten is a great guy and I could see myself playing for him."
Higgins has been working hard having cut 15-pounds from his body. He also knows his game has room to grow.
"I feel my strength is run blocking. Because of the type of offense we run, I know I will need to work on my kick step."
Spartan Digest will stay in contact with Zach in the coming days as he could be the Spartans first commitment for the Class of 2012.