"Big linebacker" Dublanko in touch with MSU

2016 linebacker from Washington hearing from plenty of schools in September, including Michigan State. He talks interest in the Spartans and places he will visit this fall.

The state of Washington has rarely been a recruiting ground for Michigan State, but it is the home of a 2016 prospect that has been hearing from the Spartans.

That player is Aberdeen (Wash.) linebacker Joel Dublanko, who says the interest is mutual.

“They obviously are a top program right now,” Dublanko said. “They are very physical, which suits my play pretty well.”

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker has received mail from the Spartans and also has reached out to coaches. He also made an attempt to see Michigan State play in person recently.

”We were going to go to the Oregon-Michigan State, but we ended up requesting the tickets too late so they weren’t able to get us tickets since they were sold out,” he said. “The reason I was trying to go see that game was to see Michigan State.

”They said they are going to review my film and they said they like big linebackers.”

Dublanko holds offers from Tennessee, Washington State and Mississippi State among others. He paid a visit to in-state Washington recently as well.

“I went to their home opener, but I came late and I wasn’t able to talk to the coaches,” he said. “Me and Coach Gregory, their linebackers coach, message each other back and forth on Twitter now. We have been talking quite a bit.”

In addition, he has been hearing from many more schools since the month of September began.

Indiana has been reaching out to me a lot,” he said. “Michigan State, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Washington, UCLA, USC, Stanford, Oregon, Colorado, Kentucky and Florida State. There has been a lot.”

As he hears from schools from coast to coast, he says distance is not a huge factor to him – he just wants to find the best place for him.

“I kind of have an open mind to the idea of going across the nation to somewhere like Michigan State,” he said. “I just want to find the right fit for me and find what feels like home.”

While travel plans are not set in stone, he hopes to visit Washington, Washington State, Stanford, Oregon, UCLA and USC in the near future. A Midwest swing could ultimately be in the works.

“We haven’t really talked about going over there, but we may go over there in that region and visit a few schools,” he said. “I could see us doing that.”

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