Salmon Talks Being A Spartan

Last week we talked with Plant City, Florida native Devyn Salmon about his desire to be part of Michigan State's 2013 recruiting class. On Tuesday, Salmon's dream came true during his conversation with Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio.

Tuesday night Michigan State added another important piece to their 2013 recruiting class with the verbal pledge of defensive tackle Devyn Salmon.

Salmon, a 6-foot-1, 283-pound man-child, will look to bring his skill set to East Lansing and dominate much like former Spartan Jerel Worth.

What was it like for Salmon to finally get on the phone with the Spartans head coach about his future?

"I was very nervous," said Salmon. "My hands were shaking and I was nervous and scared he wasn't going to take my commitment. Actually, I was afraid he was going to be a mean guy. Every single time I've ever seen him on television during a game he's either frowning or upset about something. So I thought he was going to cuss me out or something. But I heard him on the phone and he was laughing. I've talked with some other coaches who have a hard voice, but Coach D was not that way."

Along with being nervous, Salmon was excited to finally have his chance to learn about his future.

"When I first called I was just excited to get on the phone with him," said Salmon. "He asked what I wanted to do and I told him I wanted to commit and to be part of the Spartan family.

"So he asked me if I knew what that meant and I told him I did and that I was 105% sure this is what I wanted to do. So he said I was in and he was excited for me and welcomed me to the Spartan family.

"He also said he wanted to make sure I didn't feel like I was pressured into making a decision. I told him I was good and this is what I wanted to do."

While on the phone, Salmon said he was trying to keep him emotions in check.

"I was jumping up and down talking with him on the phone," said Salmon. "There are no doubts in my mind what I want to do. I love Spartan Nation and love the family right now. Since I made my announcement, I've been getting emails, text messages and Facebook messages welcoming me.

"So now I'm ready to keep going forward and hopefully get a chance to go the next level."

Despite being in the Sunshine State, Salmon is looking forward to leaving the heat behind.

"I actually feel it's a benefit for me getting out of this Florida head and going up to Michigan to play ball," said Salmon. "The opportunity to earn a degree while getting better and to have an opportunity to go to the NFL is great.

"Also, growing up I was always a Detroit Lions fan. I don't know why because I don't know of any ties to the state of Michigan, but my mom would watch a whole lot of Lions games. Now I'll be in the heart of Michigan."

Along with the Lions, Salmon also was a fan for a short time of rival Michigan.

"I also use to be a fan of Michigan," said Salmon. But now I'm a Michigan State fan. I use to be all over the place when I was younger and was also a fan of Miami."

While some may worry about the distance from home, Salmon says he's got his families full support.

"My family is very happy for me right now," said Salmon. "I'll be the first person in the family to go to college and play football. So I'm excited and ready to go right now."

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