Saturday became the day Piqua (Ohio) running back/linebacker Darien Tipps-Clemons had dreamed about for a long time.
After a positive visit with the Michigan State Spartans last weekend, Tipps-Clemons received word late this week he would be very happy if he returned to East Lansing for the Spartans annual Green-White spring game.
Tipps-Clemons returned and was offered a scholarship he's dreamed about since the recruiting process started.
“I’ve liked Michigan State for a while, said Tipps-Clemons. “I’ve joked around with my sister and guys on the team saying Michigan State was the place. But I never really thought I would have the opportunity to be part of the team, so this is a dream come true.
“Basically, the coaches showed a lot of love and Coach (Mark) Dantonio is a great coach and I feel they have a great staff. They are an elite squad at Michigan State.”
Tipps-Clemons is another in a long line of Ohio prospects to look at the Spartans but he's not banking on the fact many before him have left the Buckeye State to become Spartans.
“Seeing the Ohio guys at Michigan State is cool,” he said. “But this was all about my preferences about Michigan State. Seeing them do well is great, but I have to go there for me.”
Helping the Spartans was the way co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett approached the way he was going to recruit Tipps-Clemons.
“Coach Barnett didn’t have to keep me interested during the process because I would always be interested in Michigan State even if they didn’t offer me,” explained Tipps-Clemons. “Coach Barnett told me to be positive and stressed to me that recruiting is a process and to stay with them. He would always tell me to not get down on them as the process does take a while.”
One concern the Spartans might have had was they see Tipps-Clemons as a linebacker. While there is still a chance there could be reps at running back, Tipps-Clemons has accepted the fact they see him on defense and feels the transition should be smooth.
“Basically it will be adjusting to playing more linebacker,” he said. “It would be a smooth transition as I do play both ways now. I’ll just have to worry more about picking up the defensive aspects of football.”
Next week Michigan State will make an in-school visit to Piqua High School to see one of the latest prospects they've offered. Could a commitment come soon? Stay with Spartan Digest for the latest.