Day Impressed By Spartans

Sheldon Day knows hard work on and off the field leads to success. On Saturday, the star defensive lineman was ready to show he belong during the Nike Combine in Columbus, Ohio. Spartan Digest spoke with Day following the event.

Sheldon Day spent his Saturday looking to prove he belongs in the discussions as one of the country's top defensive linemen. Despite not feeling 100%, Day made believers out of those who have never seen him before. How did the Indianapolis (IN) native feel about using an off day to come out and compete?

"It was alright. I'm coming off a cold but came to put myself on the map and show everybody I'm not afraid to compete."

While Day tries to make himself accessible to members of the media, he's learned early there has to be some give and take with his time management as he juggles school, homework, sports, church and his family life.

"I just try to be efficient with my time. I'm always moving and always trying to get better in everything I do."

Was Saturday worth his time?

"Yes it was worth it. Here you get to see everybody from everywhere and you just get after it."

While he has too many offers to talk about, one program Day is impressed with is Michigan State. What impressed him the most during his spring game visit?

"I was very impressed with Coach (Ken) Mannie. He is a real cool guy and he keeps it real. He gave me an interest in Michigan State."

One thing that impressed Day the most was watching the Spartans defensive line go about their work.

"You can see the connection the D-Line has as they play as one and play together. They seem like a family."

Another coach Day is impressed with is Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.

"You can see he is high intensity all the time and you can get the energy off him and play at a high level. Their defense is explosive and the way they play at a high pace, which is what I want."

While Day is impressed with the resume of Spartans defensive line coach Ted Gill, he has no interest in hearing about playing at the next level.

"Me getting to the next level is not my focus as I'm really concentrating on getting to college and focus on my grades so I can worry about what comes after college."

While Day is looking at several programs from across the country, he claims distance will not play a factor in his decision.

"My mom says she is going to go anywhere I go so it really does not matter."

When is Day looking to trim his list of schools?

"We're working and really trying to get the list down by around the third of June."


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