There was a time when Matt Sichterman only dreamed of saying he held college football scholarship offers. Now the Kings Mills (Ohio) Kings offensive lineman knows he’s not dreaming.
One of his latest offers came during his spring game visit with the Michigan State Spartans. An offer he didn’t feel he’d ever earn.
“Prior to going to the spring game, Coach (Harlon) Barnett hit me up,” said Sichterman. “While I wasn’t too sure how much interest Michigan State had in me, the next day Coach Barnett got me on the phone with Coach (Mark) Dantonio and Coach (Mark) Staten. They both told me they were real interested.”
With that knowledge, Sichterman and his father visited the Spartans for the annual Green-White Game.
“I went up to the spring game and got a tour and then during pregame, Coach Dantonio called me out and told me they wanted to offer me,” he said. “So it was really exciting for me as my dad was with me and it was awesome being out at midfield in front of over 50,000 fans and getting an offer to one of the best teams in the Big Ten. So that was real cool for me.”
Where do the Spartans stand currently with the other schools that have offered?
“Michigan State is up there with my top schools,” he said. “I really liked how they didn’t have the fancy stuff, but the coaches told me how they have a mindset of getting the job done and how they don’t need all the bells and whistles.
“They did just update the weight room, but nothing too special as they got what they needed to be a really successful team. I thought it was cool that a tough work ethic was the main thing.”
Also impressing the 6-foot-5, 265-pound offensive lineman was the recent NFL draft.
“You just saw with Jack Conklin what they can do,” he said. “He was a walk-on and they developed him into a first round draft pick. So it seems like as a program, they know how to work and how to develop players. So that was a huge thing I was impressed by.”
While extremely high on the Spartans, Sichterman is still weighing his options.
“This past weekend I visited Northwestern and next I’m looking to visit Nebraska next weekend,” he continued. “I’m going to make another trip to Michigan State as it was a hectic day during the spring game as I want to spend some one-on-one time with the coaches. Then I’m planning to visit Tennessee.”