Conrad checks out East Lansing

Standout junior tight ends visits MSU and sees what the Spartans have to offer. What did he take away from the visit and where will he be headed next?

Michigan State hosted yet another impressive group of visitors for its game against Purdue last weekend.

One of the headliners was Keystone (Ohio) junior tight end C.J. Conrad, who made his first visit to East Lansing.

"I really liked the atmosphere and I really liked the vibe I got when I got there," he said. "I enjoyed talking to the coaches, watching the warm ups and watching the game and seeing how they use their tight ends – that interested me a lot.

"They do a little bit of everything. They block, they spit out, they catch the ball, one of them scored a touchdown and a had a couple of screen plays to them. I liked the variety."

His visit also consisted of tours of all the facilities at Michigan State.

"I got to visit all the practice facilities," he said. "I got to see the practice field, the practice locker room, I got to see where they lift and where they hang out, their meeting rooms. I got taken around actually by a player and that was pretty cool.

"I was on the field for warms up, so I got to watch the warm ups. Afterwards, I talked to Coach (Jim) Bollman and that was about it."

Fresh off a visit to Penn State for the Nittany Lions' four-overtime win against Michigan, Conrad said the visit to Happy Valley was unreal.

"I try to stay as fair as possible," he said. "If it was a normal game, it was still pretty awesome. The atmosphere was great. It was kind of a crazy atmosphere. I also liked the way Penn State used their tight ends. One caught a touchdown and they had like seven catches combined. I really liked that. I liked how they split them out and they have like two different tight ends, one will block and one will split out wide. They see me as the one in the slot spread out wide.

"Both visits were very cool. I've had a good time so far."

Next on the list for Conrad is a visit to Ohio State this weekend as the Buckeyes face Penn State. He also has a visit planned to Indiana when it plays Minnesota.

He holds offers from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Duke, Pitt, Bowling Green, Toledo and Akron.

"It's been good so far, so hopefully I cant it coming," he said. "I just gotta keep working hard."

He said he has been hearing from MSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State among schools that haven't offered, as well as Tennessee and Boston College.

As for his recruitment, Conrad said he is looking for a place where he best fits into the offense and the team.

"I just gotta be able to get that vibe that I fit in," he said. "That's the thing in my recruitment and also just the players and the guys and coaching staff, my position coach and stuff like that."

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