Dave Berk

Ohio 2018 prospect Jadon Furlow hoped to see more of Michigan State but left excited about his first on campus look at the Spartans.

Dayton (Ohio) Belmont athlete Jadon Furlow had heard stories about Michigan State prior to his visit on Saturday. After checking out the Spartans, Furlow left excited and impressed with his limited view of the Big Ten program.

They say first impressions are important and for Ohio 2018 athlete Jadon Furlow it sounds like the Michigan State Spartans left a favorable impression.

Spartan Nation caught up with the 6-foot-1, 175-pound defensive back/wide receiver about his game day visit in East Lansing.

“It was real fun,” said Furlow.  “They talked about their academics but we didn’t really get to see too much of the campus or the facilities as they were running behind.  I did see the stadium and the meeting room in the stadium and there are impressive.


“There were so many people there it was just crazy.  To think that one day I could play in that type of environment, it would be a crazy experience for me the first time.”

In only his first year of football, Furlow has been soaking in everything he can about play cornerback and watching the Spartans gave him a chance to watch Vayante Copeland up close after hearing many stories about the Spartans cornerback from his high school coaches that coached Copeland.

“I loved watching Vayante play,” he said.  “I saw a couple of his down moments, but also saw that he will come back and not make the same mistake and that is something I’m learning too.”

With each college experience Furlow gets more of an itch to play the game at a high level and left Spartan Stadium high on Mark Dantonio’s program.

“This visit will definitely push me because I can now see why people dream about playing there,” he said.  “I want to be one of those players that can earn a scholarship from there and have a chance to compete and play there every day.

“I’m really high on Michigan State and they are the top school that I have interest in playing at right now.”


We first saw Jadon Furlow at the Midwest Gridiron Showcase at Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne High School in June and a few other camps in Southwest Ohio during the summer.  This satellite camp was also the first time the Spartans saw Furlow as they attended the camp in full force with much of their staff, including Mark Dantonio.

On the field that day, Furlow showed out at both wide receiver and defensive back.  While raw in technique, Furlow is a natural athlete with great spring to his step and a long frame who has excellent ball skills for a player that never played the game.

This past week we also caught Furlow in game action and can see the improvements he’s made in such a short time.  His best football is ahead of him and it will be a matter of where the Spartans see him following looking at film along with game action or in camp next summer.

Fluid in his movements, Furlow is a multi-sport athlete (basketball / baseball) and is super competitive.

Spartan Nation feels at this time the Spartans are keeping a close eye on him as is several other programs that attended the same camp they saw him at.

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