Alex Reigelsperger is one of the most highly recruited prospects from the Class of 2018, with ten offers already on the table. Although Michigan State is not one of the schools that has made a formal offer yet, the Spartans are interested, and Reigelsperger is interested back.
“That’s one of the places I’d like to be, if I got the chance, and I told Coach [Harlon] Barnett that when I was up there,” Reigelsperger told Spartan Nation in a one-on-one interview. “Just the atmosphere, the stadium; I mean even during the spring game it was almost like it was a bowl game inside the stadium, it was crazy. They really have everything there that you would want if you wanted to go play for a Power 5 school.”
Reigelsperger, a 6’4, 237-pound junior defensive end from Wayne High School and Huber Heights, OH, has already received formal offers from five schools out of the Big Ten alone - Iowa, Michigan, Penn State, Purdue and Rutgers. He also has offers on the table from Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Miami (OH) and Western Michigan. Aside from Michigan State, two other big time programs are also looking at him, but haven’t made offers yet – Notre Dame and Oregon.
“I’m making my choice May 25th at my school,” Reigelsperger explained. “But all of it’s really been a blessing because growing up as a child I remember watching Tyree [Kinnel] who went to Michigan and Robert [Landers] who went to Ohio State, just wanting to do everything they did. Coming from Wayne, you know, we had Braxton [Miller], and I always wanted to grow up and be just like that, so actually having that as an opportunity, I just wake up every day and feel so blessed that it’s a chance I have.”
Alex claims he currently does not have any “clubhouse leaders” in terms of which school he would choose, but he says if he had to decide right now, it would be Penn State, or somewhere else in the Big Ten.
In regards to Michigan State, Reigelsperger says he’s been recruited by Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator Harlon Barnett and Director of College Advancement and Performance for MSU Football Curtis Blackwell. He has already visited campus once, for last year’s spring game, and he has a date for another trip to East Lansing.
“Yes sir, January 29th when they play Michigan in basketball, they’re having a Junior Day,” Alex said. “I’m gonna go there, take a visit, look at everything, get my family up there to see everything.”
Regardless of where he ends up, fans can expect to see a highly-talented defensive end, who sees both positives and negatives in his own game, even as a junior in high school.
“What I do best, I would have to say, is what I work on most, which is my hands, because that’s all we do at practice, that’s all we do at the place that I train at is just work on my hands nonstop. The most valuable part of being a defensive lineman is being able to use your hands,” he said.
But in regards to areas that need improvement, Alex claims, “My hips bending. I haven’t got really fully adjusted to being in my body yet, so when I tackle sometimes, I tackle a little high, so just being able to bend a little more and being able to make a good more-formed tackle.”
You can see simply by the names and levels of the schools that are looking at, and have made offers to him, Alex Reigelsperger isn’t just another recruit. Many big name programs, including Michigan State, see incredible potential in the junior from Huber Heights, OH, and come May 25th, we’ll all wait with excitement to find out where this top recruit will choose to make his mark.