This time last year, Cole Chewins was working steadily on the goal of gaining weight to make himself a more well-rounded prospect. On Thursday, he realized a goal that was set long before that.
”When it came down to it, I had always dreamed of playing in the Big Ten,” Chewins said. “With Coach Dantonio offering me a scholarship, I was able to make my dream come true.”
Chewins received the offer to play at Michigan State in mid-December. He quietly took his time to make a decision before changing his commitment out of respect for the decision he made in June to commit to Miami.
”I have just been thinking about it, talking with my family and just going over everything about both schools,” he said. “I decided to make the decision and then I wanted to wait just to be respectful to Coach Martin at Miami and their staff.
”I wanted to show the most respect possible to them because they are great people and they had given me a great opportunity, so I wanted to do it in the right fashion.”
After sitting down and taking a hard look at the choice the past couple days, many factors pushed Chewins to Michigan State.
“Being close to home is definitely nice,” he said. “Big Ten football, it’s competitive. To be at Michigan State, it’s a great school and football program obviously. They have had success with Coach Dantonio as they keep growing and everything.”
The 6-foot-7, 235-pound prospect will arrive as a walk-on unless scholarship numbers change and go on scholarship in the spring – a similar agreement that brought offensive tackle Jack Conklin to Michigan State.
The plan will be to have him ultimately play tackle for the Spartans, but his athletic ability affords some flexibility to his future.
“Tackle is the goal and they have always been upfront with me about that,” he said, “but if for some reason tackle didn’t work out weight-wise or something like that, they always said they like my skills for tight end. And even after this year watching me playing D-end a little bit, they like my skills there.”
But whatever position he winds up playing, Thursday night when he made his commitment to Michigan State was the culmination of plenty of discipline and work to put himself in a position to play at the Big Ten level.
“It has definitely been a process just like anything else is,” Chewins said. “A lot of putting hard work in and staying in the weight room, making sure I’m eating right. I knew I needed to add more weight to compete at a higher level, so that is what I set out to do.
”It was a lot of it was being disciplined and setting a goal and setting out to achieve it.”