Ohio offensive lineman Matt Carrick talks about his pledge to Michigan State and why he tweeted about it twice.

Wednesday was a very emotional day for Massillon (Ohio) Perry offensive lineman Matt Carrick as he gave his verbal pledge to Michigan State. Spartan Digest spoke with Carrick about what led to his early pledge with the Spartans.

Ohio offensive lineman Matt Carrick had seen enough of the recruiting process to know he wanted his future to be in East Lansing as a member of the Michigan State Spartans football program.

Wednesday, Carrick released two tweets on Twitter that told the world about his pledge.  However, seconds after the first tweet, Carrick deleted the news of him becoming a Spartan.

“I was in Spanish class and I was trying to get it out how I wanted to,” explained Carrick.  “But then some girl came by and pressed my phone sending out the tweet before I was ready.  So I had to hurry up and delete it real fast and then redid it.”

While the double tweet might have had some wondering what was happening, he never doubted his desire to become a Spartan.

“I thought it was the best decision for me as a player and for my family,” he said.  “Overall, just for toughness as a team and their coaching staff, I thought everything was in line and I thought it was the best decision for me.”

Carrick soon learned how excited grown men can become when they get great recruiting news in the morning.

“I ended up calling Coach (Mark) Dantonio this morning and he was happy as can be,” he said.  “It was just great and then after that, I ended up talking with Coach (Mark) Staten and he said he wouldn’t have to drink any coffee the rest of the day because he was so excited.”

Spartan Digest felt the last time we spoke with Carrick that he was close to pulling the trigger with a possible day being at the Spartans spring game.  However, Carrick was like a kid on Christmas morning when it came to spreading the news.

“I wanted to wait until the weekend,” he said.  “But I just couldn’t wait any longer and wanted to pull the trigger.  Honestly, it’s a great feeling now as I can sit back and relax and play football.  I know that when I’m done here, I’ll be going up to East Lansing and putting in some more work to become a better football player.  It’s just all exciting to be honest.

Also excited are Carrick’s parents including his mother who has never been to Michigan State before.

“My parents are excited,” he said.  “My dad couldn’t be more happy as he helped me get to this point where I’m at now.  My mom is also excited and wants to go up and see Michigan State.”

While recruiting is often left to the skill players in a recruiting class, Carrick hopes to also play a role.

“I would like to be able to persuade guys to come to Michigan State,” he stressed.  “I feel Michigan State is one of the best, if not the best program in the country.  In the past few weeks I’ve been talking with Hunter Rison and it was cool messaging him.  So I’m excited with the guys going there now and can’t wait for the new guys that decide to commit.

“I’m ready to get back to campus and can’t wait to see the spring game.”

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