Since becoming a head coach Mark Dantonio has enjoyed a wealth of talent from the tight end position. That has not been lost on Pickerington (Ohio) Central junior tight end Trenton Gillison, who also holds an early offer from the Spartans.
A few weeks ago Gillison visited campus when the Spartan took on Wisconsin and Spartan Nation got his feedback on the visit and his interest in the Green and White.
“I think Michigan State is a really good school academically and also on the football field,” said Gillison. “I also like how Coach (Mark) Dantonio runs the team and like how they never stop fighting or give up.
“I had a real fun time on my visit even though they did not win the game. I had a great time talking with the coaches and everything.”
One thing Gillison was watching during his visit was how the Spartans use their current tight ends.
“I saw how Michigan State really uses their tight end Josiah Price a lot,” he said. “He’s like the leading touchdown leader for tight ends in school history. I liked how they used him by keeping him in to block from time to time while also getting him outside in to open space so he can run down the field and catch the ball. So I think that’s a good spot for me because I can also do the same thing. I’m still able to get open and catch the ball as well as stay in and block.”
With high school teammate and friend Xavier Henderson already a Spartan pledge in the 2018 class. Could the chance of the two staying together play a role in his decision?
“It does play a role but it’s a minor role,” he stressed. “Xavier did that decision based on what would further his career. I’ll be making my decision based on what will help further my career.”
Already holding offers from Mississippi, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and several others, Gillison hopes to make a couple of more visits to East Lansing this season.
“Right now I’m planning to go visit for the Michigan and Ohio State games,” he said.
As for when the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Gillison felt he was a legitimate college football prospect, it wasn’t too long ago.
“I realized it after my first camp as people were talking with me about my size and ability to move and how I’m able to protect the ball and get down field,” he said. “My first offer was from Cincinnati and so that was real nice. It’s also then that I said to myself that I could do this as it’s always been a dream of mine.”
With so much attention early in his career, Gillison uses some simple techniques to not let things get out of hand.
“The end all be all, I have to thank God for everything that he’s given me and putting me in a position to play at a high level,” he said. “It’s teaching me to stay focused, stay hungry and to keep working hard and not let anything get to my head. So I’m remaining focused with school work and everything else. After that, everything will fall into place.”
Spartan Nation will continue to track one of the Spartans top prospects when he returns to campus in the future.
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