Bennie McGowan Helps MSU Land Matt Carrick

Michigan State landed three-star guard Matt Carrick Wednesday, and the Spartans received a recruiting boost from senior offensive lineman Bennie McGowan in that effort.

Michigan State picked up a commitment from three-star guard prospect Matt Carrick Wednesday, the sixth commit in the Spartans 2017 recruiting class.

Carrick is ranked as the number-six guard prospect in the Midwest, and the number-three guard in the state of Ohio. He also considered Iowa State.

While Carrick was quick to praise the Michigan State coaching staff and their style of play to help push him to the Spartans, he also mentioned a talk he had with senior offensive lineman Bennie McGowan as a selling point. 

"I visited there earlier and sat and talked with Bennie McGowan, and that was a big factor for me," Carrick stated. "I sat in the offensive line meeting room with him, and he was showing me a lot of basic stuff about how they do things. That meant a lot to me." 

"I actually committed to Coach (Mark) Dantonio and he said he couldn't be happier, because he really wanted me to be a Spartan," he added. "I think this was the best decision for me and my family because their coaching staff is amazing, and I love their toughness." 

"I love the way they run the ball down people's throats like we want to do at my high school, but they also throw the ball really well too," he continued. "I'm super excited to be a Spartan, and think this is a great fit for me." 

Carrick is the second offensive line commit for the Spartans for this class, following the pledge of four-star guard Kevin Jarvis. 

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