LaRubbio Talks Spartans Visit

This past weekend found one of Ohio's top offensive linemen visiting Michigan State and opened his eyes as to why so many Ohio natives head to East Lansing.

The success Michigan State has enjoyed from players who hail from Southwest Ohio is well documented.

For Middletown (Ohio) Lakota East offensive lineman Jarrett LaRubbio, Michigan State looks like a program he could see a future with.

"I went to Michigan State last week and really liked it," said LaRubbio. "They are definitely up there and one of my top schools.

"I was there for a spring scrimmage and had the chance to sit in on a meeting. I really like their campus and facilities and when I was in their meeting, you could tell it was a great environment to play football in and was just a great place."

One person who left a lasting impression was Spartans offensive line coach Mark Staten.

"Being in the meeting with Coach Staten allowed me to see myself in their offense," explained LaRubbio. "He is a great coach and gets really fired up. It was great to see that and I can definitely see myself in their offense."

LaRubbio learned all about the pipeline that's being running up I-75 and over to East Lansing from the Spartans head man.

"Coach Dantonio said they have like 35 players from Ohio," said LaRubbio. "I know Shane Jones from Moeller who is going to be going up there and I know they have a linebacker from Hamilton (Denicos Allen)."

Things have started to heat up for the 6-foot-5, 265-pound LaRubbio with several new offers.

"I've added offers from Wisconsin, West Virginia, Washington, North Carolina and Vanderbilt recently," said LaRubbio. "I'm going to visit Vanderbilt and Kentucky this weekend and then visit Duke, North Carolina State and North Carolina the next weekend."

The recent rush of offers may have slowed down LaRubbio's thought process on when he'd like to end his recruitment.

"Right now there are so many great schools that have offered me," explained LaRubbio. "So it's making it hard. I've seen some great schools but not one that just stood out.

"I thought I wanted to make a decision in the summer, but I feel it's now going to take a little longer than that. So I'm not really sure when I'll make a decision."

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