Dontonio Intrigued By Spartans

Texas athlete Dontonio Jordan talks about his interest in Michigan State.

While listed as a wide receiver prospect by Scout.com, Dontonio Jordan of Lake Dallas (TX) High School knows Michigan State has other plans for him if he would to sign with the Spartans.

"Michigan State is one of only two teams recruiting me a running back."

While his interest is high about the possibilities of carrying the rock in the Spartans run oriented offensive attack are high, it is the way the Spartans are recruiting him that has really opened up his eyes. How surprised was the Texan about the Spartans interest?

"I'm interested in Michigan State as I have seen their statistics from last year and they are really appealing.

" I was not really surprised as we have been talking for awhile and I've been building an honest relationship with Coach Samuel's who has really given me a lot of advice on things no matter where I end up going. He's told me if it's not Michigan State, he still wants me to take the advice he's given me no matter where I go.

Coach Samuel's is one of two coaches who are unique in the way they are recruiting me. He is not just trying to sell me on Michigan State."

When recruiting a player outside of the Midwest, you always have concerns about how far away from home they are willing to go. For Jordan, he knows his future is outside the state of Texas.

"As of right now I'm looking to leave the state for sure."

As for a possible visit, Jordan said he just missed visiting East Lansing on a different trip.

"I've been to Michigan before and tried to get over to Michigan State. However, we only made it over to Michigan. My family and I are discussing when would be a good time to go and visit them."

As for the things he's looking for in a college, Jordan has a few in mind.

"I'm looking to have a good relationship with the coaches and a chance to have some early playing time. I will also have to look how much I would be able to see my family."

While he lives in Big 12 country, Jordan is no stranger to Big Ten football.

"Iowa was one of the first teams to send me anything. So I've watched some Big Ten football now and then."

Beside Michigan State, Jordan has a few other offers already in hand and feels it's too early to think about making a decision.

"I have seven offers right now (Buffalo, Connecticut, Duke, Kansas, North Texas, Stanford, Michigan State) and it is a bit too early to think about making a decision. I would like to make it if not before the season, then around the middle of the season would be best."

On the field Jordan has been told the strength of his game is his versatility. However, he feels he needs to continue working on his lateral movement and agility to become a complete player."

As for how many times he's watched the Spartans play, he talked about this past seasons bowl game against Alabama. While the Spartans may not have brought their A-game, he also understands they had a great season overall.

"The only time I've watched Michigan State was when they played Alabama. While they did not have a good day, they still won a Big Ten Championship and earned their way there."


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