Alessi likes team feel at Michigan State

Michigan lacrosse commit taking a long, hard look at college football options and holds a couple of offers -- a number that figures to grow this fall.

Michigan State brought a solid group of visitors to campus Sunday, one of which is committed to another school – and another sport.

Brother Rice senior safety Jason Alessi, a Michigan lacrosse commit, said he wants to keep his options open.

"I am still committed," he said. "I just don't want to look back and think what if I had decided to play college in football. I just want to keep the door open and look at football."

His interest in football brought him to Michigan State last weekend.

"It was really cool," he said. "It was good to get a chance to see a big-time Division 1 school and what they go through every day is like. They just had some film and meetings, so I sat in on some of that stuff and they took us through a tour of the facility."

He said the best part was the team feel to everything at Michigan State.

"It was cool because not only is it big-time, Division 1, but it was such a team," Alessi said. "Coach Dantonio was really passionate about the whole team and he cares about everyone and makes anyone feel welcome. Plus, they have one of the best teams in the Big Ten."

Alessi holds offers from Air Force and Cornell and is hearing from Yale and Harvard. He hopes to visit the pair of schools that have offered him this fall.

"I will probably head out to Air Force and Cornell, but hopefully some other schools are interested in me and stuff happens," he said.

He also plans to come back to East Lansing this fall for a game.

For now, Alessi is working to bring Brother Rice its third consecutive Division 2 state championship. The 6-foot, 175-pound safety played a major part in the 2012 state championship, as he ran back a kickoff for a 91-yard touchdown off a lateral pass from Delano Madison. It proved to be the winning touchdown.

"It was like back and forth, back and forth the whole game," he said. "It was crazy."


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