Offensive LineZach Higgins / Alliance (OH) Marlington HS - #50 Ranked OG
Benny McGowan / Centerville (OH) HS - #33 Ranked OG
Kodi Kieler / Gibraltar (MI) Oscar A. Carlson HS. - #74 Ranked OT
The Spartans signed three players along the offensive line hitting both guard and tackle in the class.
Out of the three McGowan may be the one most ready to battle as he played in one of the top high school conferences in the state of Ohio and has the physical size and skill to match-up with anyone. However, we fully expect McGowan to redshirt as he learns more about pass protection as he comes from a program that ran the triple option.
Higgins was an early offer as the Spartans were looking for tough hardnosed interior players in the class. Make no mistake the Spartans got what they were looking for in Higgins as he's tough and willing to battle for every inch. There will be work needed as Higgins will have to make adjustments to the speed of the college game and like his running mate McGowan, must work on pass protection.
Kieler is a player who brings great promise as he's got the size the Spartans like for the edge. We also expect Kieler to redshirt and get a year under his belt before being thrown into action.
GRADEAll three players are solid role players who will develop in the Spartans program to have a chance to contribute at a high level. Because of the depth of young players already on the roster all three should have a chance to reshape their body in the Spartans strength program and be ready to push for playing time come spring of 2013.
If the Spartans could have landed a major tackle talent in the class this would be a great haul. However, we still like this group and give the Spartans a solid grade when looking at the group as a whole. Grade: B-