Stringer says MSU "blew me out of the water"

Versatile Crete Monee athlete set to camp in East Lansing after impressive visit last week. He talks the Spartans and schools starting to get in touch.

It is not every day that a football player has the skill set to play all 11 defensive positions, but that is exactly what Omari Stringer brings to the table.

It also is exactly what college football programs like in the 6-foot-4, 208-pound athlete from Crete Monee (Ill.).

Michigan State is among the recent schools to show increased interest and he made his first visit to East Lansing on Thursday.

"I didn't know what to expect, but it kind of blew me out of the water," he said.

The highlight was the people, Stringer said – as well as seeing the Rose Bowl trophy. From the coaches to the players, it exceeded his expectations of the visit.

"They are very laid back," he said. "I liked the players, too. Just how they interacted with me. When you go to a lot of places, usually a coach has to say introduce yourself. At Michigan State, it was a different feeling and a different vibe. The players there walked over and would talk to me."

He spent part of his visit in the linebackers' meeting room, as a possible indication of where the Spartans think he could project at the next level. They also invited him up to their June 1 invite-only camp to show what he can do.

"They are really interested in me and I feel the same," he said. "They like my skill set, they said it's very unique. You don't see a lot of 6-4 guys playing corner or playing defensive tackle and outside linebacker.

"There are so many things they can do with me, but they really want to sit down with me. So I am going to come back and do a camp."

His offer list right now sits at three with Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan in the mix. Along with Michigan State, schools like Tennessee, Oregon and more have been showing more and more interest.

But all are kind of the in the same spot with Stringer, as they figure out what position he might play – and that is not a bad thing.

"It's like that with every school because no one knows what I'm going to grow into," he said. "I already play so many positions now. I'm okay with playing wherever. It's just finding the perfect fit."

Stringer visited Ohio State on Saturday for the Buckeyes spring game.


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