Heath Ready to Represent Spartans

Incoming Spartan defender has some business to take care of before reporting to start his college career.

This weekend will find incoming Michigan State defensive end Joel Heath making a trip to represent his home state as well as the Michigan State football program as a member of Team Ohio in the Big 33.

For Heath, things have been going as planned as he waits until the day he'll officially report to campus.

"It's been pretty good so far," Heath said while watching a local All-Star game on Thursday night. "I've been training in the weight room and stuff like that. I report on July 5, and I'm excited and know I have a lot to look forward to."

At the end of April, Heath made a return visit to campus to watch his future team finish out spring drills. How was this experience different than the other trips he's made in the past?

"It felt good that I was no longer going through the recruiting process anymore. I felt like I was part of the team except I was not in pads out there hitting."

Like most young people who are getting ready to leave home for the first time. Joel has some things he's nervous about.

"I'm somewhat nervous as I worry about not being as strong as some of the guys up there. But I also feel I will have a great opportunity to be part of the team and contribute to its success."

Two of Joel's future teammates he's gotten close to since their commitments have been Donavon Clark and Connor Cook. The trio all are part of Team Ohio at the Big 33. Joel is excited about the experience he's heard so much about.

"First it makes me very proud to have a head coach at Mt Health High School that helped me get farther than I thought I could. Playing in this game looks to be something special to be a part of. Having three guys from Ohio that are going to Michigan State says a lot about the type of players we are bringing in."

One thing Joel has been working hard on is being sure he's ready for the day he reports.

"Coach Mannie sent all the players a booklet to use before we go up there. So I've been working hard to make sure I'm ready to go."

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