Barajas: "It would be a sweet place to play"

Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean linebacker excited after first visit to Michigan State on Sunday and plans to be back in East Lansing again in the near future. He talks Spartans, upcoming visits and the latest.

Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean junior linebacker Josh Barajas made the most of his time in the state of Michigan on Sunday.

He started his day at Michigan State before stopping by Ann Arbor to visit Michigan.

"After visiting Michigan State, I was already in Michigan so I figured I'd just get two birds with one stone and shot over to Michigan after," he said.

Barajas already held a Michigan offer and got closer to one from Michigan State on Sunday, as the coaches want to keep building a relationship with him before making it official.

"Michigan State is high on my list of course and an offer would be big and I would definitely be excited about that," he said. "It would be a very big deal with me liking Michigan State as much as I do."

He said the relationship he has thus far with his recruiting coach, Ron Burton, is a major reason why he likes the Spartans – but also the performance on the field.

"Coach Burton is kind of like a father instead of just a recruiter," he said. "He's always making sure that I'm doing stuff right and building a relationship more than just recruiting me. That's a big part of it.

"I definitely like Michigan State and their defense. It would be a sweet place to play."

The trip to East Lansing was Barajas' first and gave him the chance to take in some of what the Spartans have to offer.

"It was a lot of fun," he said. "Coach Burton really made me feel comfortable and showed me all the facilities. We sat down with a counselor and it all went good."

He also took in the Spartans' basketball game against Nebraska and left impressed with the environment.

"The student section was awesome," he said. "They were a lot of fun, I could tell. I told my dad, I looked over at him and I said, ‘This is a fun place to be.'"

Next up for the 6-foot-3, 210-pound middle linebacker are a trio of junior days.

"I've got Purdue next Sunday, Notre Dame March 1st and Ohio State around March 20," he said. "I'm so excited. It's going to be a fun couple of months."

Each visit will be his first to each school as was the case with his trip to East Lansing, but he plans to get back to see more of Michigan State soon.

"Oh definitely," he said. "I'm going to come back to Michigan State for a practice and the spring game."

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