Spartan Digest Take: Benny McGowan

The third member of the Michigan State recruiting class of 2012 is Ohio offensive lineman Benny McGowan. Here is Spartan Digest take on the newest member of the class.

Over the past couple of years Spartan Digest has been able to watch the development of Benny McGowan of Centerville (Ohio) High School. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive guard plays in one of the best high school conferences in the state of Ohio, and for one of the top teams in the state.

Centerville High School has produced several top college players over the years and McGowan will have a chance to be the next in that long line. Here is our take on McGowan as a player.


Benny McGowan plays the game of football the way you want an offensive lineman to play it. He is tough, strong, physical, and plays with a little bit of a nasty streak. One thing about players from Centerville High School is they are disciplined and ready to take their game to the college level.

McGowan comes from the same conference as current Spartan Jerel Worthy and plays a schedule tough enough to make sure he is tested week in and week out.

McGowan plays with good pad level and is capable of reach second level defenders to help open up running lanes.


Much like Zach Higgins, the offer list of Benny McGowan is not one some would consider top notch. However, talking with several college coaches, each has expressed high interest in McGowan because of his great run blocking skills. McGowan is stockier than long and some programs just do not like this build in their offensive linemen. Nevertheless, Iowa and UCLA offered and many feel higher level programs we starting to get on board.


The one thing you look for in a Mark Dantonio recruiting class is players who are tough. The offensive line in the past couple of years has taken some hits and for the Spartans to have long term success players like McGowan and Fou Fonoti and Donavon Clark from the 2011 class are a must.

The Spartans offered eight offensive guards in the 2012 class and are expected to take a total of four offensive linemen overall. McGowan and Zach Higgins will both bring toughness to the field and give Michigan State two solid linemen to work with in the years to come.

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