Ready to Be a Spartan

Michigan State has added a new member to its recruiting class. spoke with the newest member of the Spartans late on Sunday.

When the conversation with Jamare Mills began you could tell he was excited by his weekend visit to Michigan State.

"Things are good," said Mills calmly. "It was a heck of a weekend as I went to Michigan State's spring game."

While there Mills came away impressed with how the Spartans use the tight end.

"It was good to see how they utilize the tight end position," said Mills. "It was also good to see the relationships the players had with their advisors."

During his stay Mills spent some time with his main recruiter Mike Tressel and Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio.

"When I spoke with Coach Dantonio he talked about the opportunity that was available at Michigan State," said Mills. "He talked about academics and what it would take for me to transfer into there.

"Coach (Mike) Tressel and I kind of had a relationship back when I was in high school, but it is a much stronger relationship now."

As with all players the Dantonio and his staff recruit there was no promises given.

"They feel I can come in and compete," explained Mills. "I will still have three years of eligibility remaining and I feel that is important as it will allow me to come in and compete for a couple of years at the tight end position."

While Mills talked positive about his experience at MSU he quickly turned to the fact he was ready to make a decision after saying one could come later in the week.

"I'm pretty solid about Michigan State and have already told Coach Tressel today that I'm going to be a Spartan," said Mills.

Mills, who played his prep ball at Dublin (OH) Scioto High School, just finished classes at Blinn College where he this past season and will next be taking some classes in East Lansing.

"I'm already done with classes at Blinn," said Mills. I'll be taking some classes at Lansing Community College this summer before I enroll at Michigan State.

During the past year Mills played at a heavier weight but looks to be in good shape now.

"During the season I weighted about 285-pounds but I'm done to 250-pounds," Mills explained.

What were the final pieces of the puzzle that showed Mills he should cast his future with the Spartans?

"The lack of depth at tight end and chance to get playing time early was important," said Mills. "But I also really liked the coaching staff and the relationship between them and the players. It was easy to see that over 90-percent of the players there are really happy to be there. I'm also very thankful for the coaches to give me a second chance."

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