Higgins On Road To Recovery

While most members of the Michigan State class of 2012 have been enjoying their final days of high school, Zach Higgins has been working hard to make a full recovery from a serious injury. We have the latest.

The recruiting process is not always the best thing for a player who suffers an injury. Zach Higgins of Marlington High School in Alliance, Ohio learned quickly that Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is a man of his word when he suffered a serious injury in late October.

"My last game of the season a player took a cheap shot on me and I ended up tearing up my anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, meniscus and fractured my femur," explained Higgins. "So basically this spring has been about getting my knee better.

"When I blew out my knee it was really cool when I called coach and told him about it. He told me my scholarship would still be there. So when I signed my letter of intent it really sunk in that I had picked a really good home and that Michigan State is the greatest place ever."

One day Higgins and his family will always remember was the day his scholarship papers arrived at his home.

"When I got the letter in the mail my parents were so excited," said Higgins. "It was just a good time for all of us and I'm just psyched about it."

While he's been rehabbing hard, Higgins knows his path his first year with the Green & White.

"Most definitely I'll be red-shirting this fall," said Higgins. "I'm squatting like 400-pounds right now and I'm use to doing more than that. But I've been running and working to get back to 100%. I'm not sure if I'll be able to do contact drills when I get up there, I hope so because my knee has come a long way and I feel I'm 90% healed.

"But it will be up to the trainers and doctors. Whatever they want me to do, I'll do. I understand I'm going to red-shirt, but I want to go in there and try as hard as I can and focus on getting my knee better. So I know this red-shirt season is going to be about getting me back to where I was before it."

One thing Higgins is excited about before arriving on campus is a short trip to hang out with new teammate Benny McGowan.

"I've been staying in touch with Benny and he's going to be my roommate at MSU," said Higgins. "I'm going down to his place when I get back from vacation to hangout for a couple of days and get to know some of his friends. We're getting pretty close so it's going to be pretty cool to have someone at MSU you know.

"It's going to be an interesting trip because he lives in the city and I'm a country boy. So I don't really know how it's going to work out, but I'm ready to go."

Besides his vacation and trip to visit McGowan, Higgins is ready for the next stage of his life.

"I'm pumped," said Higgins. "Today (Wednesday) was my last day of high school. I realize I'm not going to have much of a summer left as I'm going to be working hard to get ready to play and everything. So I'm ready to get up there and start my MSU football life.

"I'm going up for summer classes and plan on going up on June 29th to get settled in before starting my course work."

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