Lineman Has Spartans High on His List

Pennsylvania offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty talks about his Michigan State offer and the early relationship he is building with his main Spartan recruiting coach Mark Staten.

With several offers already in hand, Pittsburgh (PA) Fox Chapel offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty has found Michigan State as a school he feels is building a strong relationship with him.

"I'm being recruited by Coach Mark Staten at Michigan State. I have seen him a couple of times now and have talked with him several more times, I like him a lot. He is a former player who has been there and done it so he knows what he is talking about. I feel we have connected very well and it is just about me going up and visiting campus and it is one of the schools I'm looking at visiting this summer along with Notre Dame and Purdue."

Adam is making sure he stays in contact with Coach Staten.

"I talked with him the other day getting a chance to talk with him on the phone just to get to know what he is like. All the offensive linemen seem to do everything together at Michigan State from what he is saying and I like the thought of a mini-family within a family. So I want to go up there and see what all he is talking about."

The Spartans join Duke, Penn State, West Virginia, Purdue, Florida, Vanderbilt, Connecticut, Virginia and hometown Pittsburgh as schools that have offered the 6-foot-6, 275-pound tackle prospect.

This past weekend Adam took part in a combine and has no plans to camp anywhere this summer.

"I went to Cleveland and attended the Under Armour combine this past weekend. Right now that is all I have planned for this year and anything else would be a last minute thing. I'm just going to be in the weight room a lot and take a few visits to a few schools."

As for what he is looking for when picking a college, Adam has a few things in mind that are important.

"Right now my number one thing is how I feel on campus and the relationship I feel with the current players and coaches. Especially with the guys who are freshmen and sophomores because when I get up there I will be there with those guys the most. I also want to get to know the strength staff and learn what they are all about. Being able to connect with all three groups and feel like I'm at home is what I'm looking at the most."

Growing up Adam does not hide how big of a Pitt fan he was, however, it was not the football Panthers that caught his attention.

"I grew up a huge Pitt fan. In fourth grade I didn't miss a day without wearing a Pitt shirt. I think I went to three Pitt basketball camps. Back then I was not much of a football fan."

As for going away from home, Adam knows sometimes having a little distance between home and college can be a good thing. However, some of the programs that have offered may be just a little too far away from home.

"Home will always be there, as much as I would like to stay close and have my family watch that would be great. However, sometimes you need to experience college life and get away and only come back every once in awhile.

"The hardest part about leaving is being able to come back easy. If you go to say Penn State you are only looking at a two hour drive, or say Michigan State is a five hour drive. Florida you would have to take a flight back or drive for a couple of days.

"Leaving home would not be the hard part it is the coming back part that worries me the most. You want to be able to come back whenever you can as it is not easy to leave your mom and family for four years. It would be nice to stay close to home but if something is great and I just feel amazed when I'm on campus I would have to choose that school instead of being close to home."

We will continue to check back with Adam in the coming weeks to see how the Spartans are doing recruiting him and getting him on campus.

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