California Safety Has Spartans On Top

As Michigan State continues to widen their recruiting footprint it is no surprise a player from California has the Spartans as one of his top teams.

Add the name of Encino (CA) Crespi Carmelite safety Brandon Arnold as one of a growing number of prospects outside Michigan State's normal recruiting footprint to have the Spartans high on his list.

"Michigan State is up on top of the schools I like a lot," said Arnold. "I'm considering them a lot and hope to visit soon."

While Arnold looks to visit the Spartans this fall, he's getting a crash course in MSU history.

"I've not visited Michigan State yet," said Arnold. "I'm going to try and talk with the coaches up there and take an official visit during our bye week. I'm not sure when that will be, but I've been talking with (assistant) coach (Mark) Staten and we're building a good relationship.

"He's sending me a lot of mail and information about Michigan Sate as a school, its history and about what is going on now."

Where do the Spartans see Arnold if he makes the decision to wear the Green & White?

"They see me as a safety from talking with the coaches," said Arnold. "That is what I know so far. I hope to learn more when I get up there for a visit."

Despite being out on the coast, Arnold has watched many of the Spartans games in the past year.

"I've watched a lot of their games," said Arnold. "In fact, I've watched all of their games except for the Wisconsin game with the Hail Mary pass. I only got to watch the last half of that game."

What has Arnold taken away from watching the Spartans defense the past year?

"I can see they are a real power team," said Arnold. "They use a real simple run down hill make a tackle scheme. It's a simple scheme and I like the defense they run. Michigan State is also known as a real good school and is killing it in the Big Ten."

While the Spartans are at the top of his list, two schools would quickly grab his attention if they offered.

"Right now I would put Oregon and California as the other schools I'm interest in," said Arnold. "Neither school has offered me."

If neither Oregon or California would offer, would distance play a factor in his decision?

"Distance is not a factor as my family can come out and see me," said Arnold. "However, I don't want to make it too hard on them. So it would all depend upon the visit and getting to know the coaching staff. I would then have to go over it with my family to see what is easier for them."

When could Arnold make a decision?

"Right now I'm looking at late fall or sometime in December," said Arnold. "It could be earlier so I don't have to worry about the stress."

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