McGowan Wasted Little Time

For Benny McGowan the first sights of Michigan State were enough for him to pull the trigger and make his verbal commitment to Mark Dantonio this past weekend. Spartan Digest spoke with McGowan about his pledge and why Saturday was the day to end his recruitment.

Since the day he received his verbal scholarship offer from Michigan State, Centerville (Ohio) offensive lineman Benny McGowan has liked everything he's heard about the Spartans coaching staff and program. The only problem was he'd never visited the Michigan State campus before. That changed on Saturday as McGowan and his father visited campus for what turned out to be a whirlwind few hours.

"We arrived on campus around eight that morning and went right up and spoke with Coach (Mark) Staten and Coach (Mark) Dantonio. After talking with them, I visited with Coach (Ken) Mannie the strength coach. We then toured the facilities and campus."

During his tour, McGowan started to get the feeling he was ready to end his recruitment.

"I sent my high school coach, Ron Ullery a text message that I really liked it and was thinking about making my commitment."

Ullery, who has seen his share of Centerville High School players go through the recruiting process made sure his star offensive lineman was ready.

"Coach Ullery called me and asked if I was sure about making my commitment. He then asked me the following question. "If football was to end the day I arrived on campus, would I still want to attend school there?" I told him yes because I feel Michigan State was a good fit and a good environment from me. So he said if you feel good about it then go ahead and commit."

Despite the positive feelings McGowan was having, his coach made sure he was certain about his choice.

"Coach Ullery originally wanted me to come back to school and sit down and talk about it. But I kept texting him and telling him it felt right and I wanted to commit."

There were several reasons for McGowan's choice that came into play.

"I've been to several schools and every school has great facilities. What I liked about Michigan State were the people. I also liked that most of the buildings are within walking distance and the freshmen dorms are right across from the football center. This way I would not have to hike to get to my classes."

After going to lunch, Benny and his father returned to deliver some great news to the Spartan coaches.

"After we got back from lunch, I told Coach Barnett, I wanted to be a Spartan. Coach Barnett was excited and then I told Coach Dantonio and then Coach Staten afterwards."

Looking back the only thing Benny needed to be sure about Michigan State was to make a visit.

"Everything about Michigan State pointed me in that direction. Once I had a chance to go up and visit, it just felt right. I feel I would fit in there pretty well as they have a powerhouse offense I feel I could fit into very easy."

With two more players having also announced their pledges to the Spartans, did Benny have a chance to meet his future teammates?

"I never really had a chance to meet Riley Bullough. However, I did spend a lot of time with Zach Higgins and he is a really cool kid. Zach and I talked about trying to take our official visits on the same day. We also talked for awhile and I feel like we hit it off pretty well. I feel Zach will be a good friend to have at Michigan State."

As for the action on the field during the Spartans spring game.

"It was pretty sweet. I was surprised by how big the crowd was, but it shows the type of fan base they have at Michigan State."


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