Spartan Digest Take: Zach Higgins

The second member of the Michigan State recruiting class of 2012 is Ohio offensive lineman Zach Higgins. Here is Spartan Digest take on the newest member of the class.

In a much anticipated move, Alliance (Ohio) Marlington High School offensive lineman Zach Higgins made his verbal pledge to Michigan State during his visit for the Spartans spring game.

What is Spartan Digest take on the newest member of the class? We break it down.


The first thing you see in Zach Higgins is his physical size. While I might question his listed 6-foot-5 height, he is tall enough and big enough at 300-pounds to be a top interior line prospect.

On film you will find a player who has no problem with being physical and uses his strength to overpower most defenders he faces. Good explosion with above average feet and the ability to be a strong run blocker made Higgins one of the top offensive linemen on the Spartans board.

Overall a solid player who should only get better once he gets in a college strength program and is coached up by offensive line coach Mark Staten.


There are a couple of things some might point out when looking at Zach Higgins. Level of competition and an offer list of Mid American Conference schools to go with Iowa State, Cincinnati and West Virginia will have some feeling there might be something missing.

While Higgins has the physical size you want from a college offensive lineman, he will need to have some adjustments made to his build once he gets in the Spartans strength program.


The object of the Spartans with at least two of their four offensive line targets was to find a hard hitting, mean streaked run blocker to build for their power running game. Higgins gives the Spartans just that as he has above average athletic ability for a player of his size and plays to the end on each play.

This is a solid pick up who had several other programs taking hard looks at prior to his pledge on Saturday.

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