“It was good to go back up to Michigan State for a game,” said Glackin. “I camped there in the summer and really enjoyed working with the coaching staff and learning more about the program.”
Understanding the magnitude of that day’s game and the number of recruits in attendance, Glackin was surprised to get time with any of the Spartans coaches.
“I got a few minutes with Coach (Harlon) Barnett before the game,” he said. “Coach Barnett has always been upfront with me and my dad about their interest and how they go about recruiting. I didn’t go up expecting them to offer as they’ve told me from day one they would be looking more towards the first of the year. However, I really wanted a chance to experience the game day environment.
“I also spoke with several of their support staff and I was surprised they all knew who I was. I learned a lot from talking with Skyler Burkland who played at Michigan State and saw his career end because of an injury. He talked about his decision and how the coaches supported him in earning his degree.”
A couple of things that surprised Glackin during his visit were the Spartans new facilities and the chance to hear from the academic support staff and the president of the university.
“I’ve made a couple of other visits and this was the first time the president of a university took the time to talk about how they support athletics at their university,” he said. “You can tell President (Lou Anna) Simon wants a strong university on and off the field and is dedicated in seeing student-athletes at Michigan State earning degrees.
“I was also surprised by the new facilities they’ve added since I was last there in the summer. It was nice being able to go in their recruiting lounge before the game and during halftime and meet other people.”