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Ohio 2018 offensive lineman John Dirksen and his family found his Michigan State offer to be pretty damm cool.

One of the top performers over the weekend at the Michigan State elite prospects camp was Ohio 2018 offensive lineman John Dirksen. When the call with an offer came, Dirksen and his family thought it was pretty damm cool.

There was no mistaking the talents of Maria Stein (Ohio) Marion Local junior offensive lineman John Dirksen during the recent Michigan State Spartans elite prospects camp.

The offensive lineman from Ohio quickly caught the attention of Spartans offensive line coach Mark Staten on Saturday.  However, this has been something that’s been in the works.

“The Michigan State offer was a pretty big one,” said Dirksen.  “I was pretty excited about it and so far I feel Michigan State has been a loyal school.  Coach (Mike) Tressel has showed up at my school a few times and I feel they’ve shown great interest.  I appreciate they offered me after going to their camp.”

Saturday was not the first time Dirksen has visited with the Spartans.

“Camp was my second visit to Michigan State,” he said.  “In February, I went up for a basketball game.”

The camp also allowed for a chance to work one-on-one with Spartans offensive line coach Mark Staten.

“I really like Coach Staten,” he said.  “I got along with him well and feel he taught me a few things that I hope I can take into my junior season.”

While unsure of the number of scholarship offers he holds, Dirksen knows that since he’s getting older, more recruiting traffic is starting to come his way.  He gives a lot of credit to his high school for helping him get to where he’s at today.

“I’m pretty blessed to come from a program that cares about their athletes,” he stressed.  “They really work with you.  If we had really large and athletic guys in our school, we would be ridiculous because the coaches at our high school really push you to be the best you can be.”

So how did Dirksen learn about his newest offer?

“Coach Tressel called my high school coach and asked him to have me call,” explained Dirksen.  “I was at work and called him and first spoke with him for a while and then he handed the phone to Coach Staten and then to Coach (Mark) Dantonio. 

Coach Tressel called my high school coach and asked him to have me call him.  I was at work and called him and spoke with him for a while and then he handed the phone to Coach Staten and then Coach (Mark) Dantonio.  I was pretty psyched about it as it hits home when a big major school offers you.  You want to jump for joy.

“I was with my uncle Tim at the time and he thought it was pretty damm cool.  My mom and dad said they we’re proud of me and pretty happy.”

As for what will happen in the future, Dirksen is in no hurry to dig into selecting a college at this time.

“My goal is to first figure out what I want to do education wise,” he said.  “I know that will help me pinpoint where I want to go.  I’m feeling pretty confident where things are heading and if I can keep everything in line, it will be good.”

As for when and if the home state school Ohio State get involved, Dirksen stresses it’s not a slam dunk despite the area he’s from being major Ohio State fans.

“Around here, that is about how it goes,” he said with a laugh.  “I don’t know what would happen if they offered.  But I would have to think about it.  It’s not like I would just jump on it.

The possible future veterinarian still has a camp at Notre Dame coming up over the weekend and several months before he must look at making a college decision.


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