It’s no secret that Michigan State (MSU) is hitting the state of Ohio hard for their recruiting class of 2018. Their first three commitments, all from Ohio, are ranked in the Scout 300. One recruit from Ohio, Edward Warinner, receives a lot of from the Spartans and hopes for an offer. Spartan Nation caught up with Edward to discuss his interest.
Edward spoke of what stands out to him about the Spartans’ program.“The success the program has had since coach D has been there,” he said. “All of the tradition before that as well. And especially the culture MSU has created by not only the kind of guys they recruit, but the way they play and succeed.”
Two members of the staff talk to Edward the most often, Coach Tressel and Coach Blackwell. “They just have told me that they're really interested and that I should come to visit whenever I can to be around the program,” he explained. As Edward expands his relationship with the staff at MSU, having a good relationship with the coaches of the school he ultimately selects is a large factor in his recruitment. “ What’s important to me is a great coaching staff with coaches that care about me and that I’m comfortable being around all the time. I’m looking for a great school with great academics, a supportive fanbase, and a team with a family feel,” he described.
One interesting note about Edward, is his family’s connection to MSU. His father, now the offensive line coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, was the linebackers coach for the Spartans for the 1985-1986 season. His mother is also a Spartan alumni. “People don’t know that my mom and most of her family are Spartan grads and she met my dad at the football office way back in the 80’s,” said Edward, “MSU is kind of the family school to me.” An offer from the SpartansPlus it would mean that one of the most elite football programs in the nation thinks I’m capable of playing there which would be a huge honor. MSU has great people throughout the university.”
Speaking of his father coaching for the Golden Gophers now, Edward spoke of the impact it will make in his recruitment, saying, “not really at all. My decision for college is my decision and both my parents preach that to me. I’m gonna go where I want to go and where its best for me.”
Edward just visited Michigan State for their Spartan Elite day, in which they held a few dozen of their top junior and sophomore targets. He also talked of his plans for upcoming visits. “I just went to Wisconsin and Minnesota for visits but other than that, I’m not sure what I’m going to do in the winter and spring besides going to Cincinnati for a visit. I’m probably gonna come up for a spring practice at MSU,” Edward said.
Scout rates Edward Warinner a three-star inside linebacker. Currently, the 6’1”, 225 pound linebacker holds offers from University of Cincinnati, Colorado State, Army, Air Force, and others. Spartan Nation will keep tabs with Edward as he works toward an offer from MSU and visits schools in the winter and spring.