Spartans Earn an "A" from Leever

Ian Leever made five campus visits this past week starting with Michigan State. Spartan Digest caught up with Leever and told us the Spartans received an "A" during his visit.

With their success over the years in Southwest Ohio, Michigan State is always looking to get talent on campus to learn more about the program Mark Dantonio has built.

Tuesday, Loveland (Ohio) High School offensive lineman Ian Leever visited and came away impressed.

"The day started off with a tour of their facilities and it was incredible," said Leever. "Especially their football complex as they have it centered around the locker room so it is easy access to anywhere in the complex for the football players. So it's very convenient and that was something I really liked."

Not only did Leever get a chance to see the Spartans facilities, he also got a chance to see practice and meet with academic advisors.

"We went in and watched most of the practice before we went in and met with the academic advisors," explained Leever. "They have a great academic setup for their football players, so you would have to really try and fail from the way it looked. This was very important to me as no matter where I go, I have to get a degree in something because you only play football for so long."

While impressed by the academics MSU offered, Leever also came away impressed by what he saw when he returned to the practice field.

"They have a lot of talent on the team and they really seem like a brotherhood," he continued. "They are together as a team and it's not like have of the team is off by themselves. The team is one whole unit working together and I think that is why they have been so successful.

"They have a lot of talent along their offensive line and I feel I could play there by my junior or senior year, if not earlier. But they have a lot of guys that have the potential to play in the NFL at some point."

Before leaving, Leever also got a chance to speak with his main recruiting coach Harlon Barnett and offensive line coach Mark Staten.

"I got a chance to talk with Coach Staten a little before their offensive line meeting," he said. "He said they really want to get me back up for one of their camps and said he loved my film. I spoke with Coach Barnett early during the visit and he kind of told me the same thing. So I'm planning on going back up for their camp."

Looking back, Leever gave the Spartans high marks all the way around.

"I would give my visit a great of an "A"," he said. "They really know what they are doing up there."

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