Bannerman has "breathtaking" visit at MSU

Pickerington (Ohio) Central junior defensive end grew up in Michigan and has had his mind on playing football back in his home state. He recaps his first visit to Michigan State.

Having grown up in Detroit and now a football standout at Pickerington (Ohio) Central, checking out Michigan State had always been in the mind of Jaylin Bannerman.

That became reality for the junior linebacker Saturday, as he took a trip up to East Lansing.

“It was breathtaking because I always wanted to visit that place growing up,” he said. “I’m from Michigan, so I always wanted to be able to go back home and play football.”

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound defensive end said the highlight was the environment and seeing the whole college on a visit that had been talked about for a while.

“Coach (Mike) Tressel has been down to visit me a few times at my school,” Bannerman said. “He has been trying to get me to come up there and I finally had the time to make it.”

He said the Spartans have talked about what they like about him and that a potential offer could come about this spring.

“They like my style of play,” he said. “They like how I’m long and how I’m built and all that.”

Bannerman holds offers from Illinois and Toledo thus far and he also is hearing from Kentucky, Boston College, Ohio and Bowling Green.

“I have to make it down to Bowling Green and I have a visit to Toledo next Saturday,” he said.

Another visit to Michigan State could be in the works as well.

“Yeah, to go watch a spring practice,” he said.

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