On a Midwest swing this June, Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore defensive end Zander Zimmer got the chance to check out a trio of Big Ten schools.
"First at Purdue, was just a visit at the school and I saw the campus," he said. "Then I went to camp and the day after Purdue I went to Ball State. I was not planning on going to Ball State but the head coach came up to me at Purdue and really liked me so he came up and talked to my brother and had me come to their camp the next day.
He said out of the four schools he camped at and visited, Michigan State was the one that stood out.
"I really enjoyed Michigan State," he said. "For me, it was mainly the atmosphere of being there with the players and actually learning from the players and I just really liked the campus. It was the atmosphere that made me feel so good."
One of the things that separated Michigan State for the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Zimmer was interaction with current Spartans at the camp.
"It was the only camp that we actually had players and we got to talk with them," Zimmer said. "Then the coaches, I felt like I learned a lot more at Michigan State than I did from other camps I went to.
"I really liked how the coaches did things. I really liked how they connected with us and all that stuff."
On the other side, Zimmer was also getting good feedback from the coaches at Michigan State.
"They really liked my speed which I have been working on a lot," he said. "That's what they really liked, my speed and my technique."
The rising junior also has been hearing from other schools in the past months, especially during spring football in Florida.
"I've talked to numerous schools," he said. "Purdue is really, really interested in me. That's why I went up there. I had talked to Michigan State when they came down. I talked to Boston College, UCF, Florida State, South Carolina, Illinois."