2019 Wauwatosa, Wisconsin offensive guard Austin Ertl has emerged as a name near the top of the radar for his position on the Michigan State recruiting radar. The 6’3”, 290 pound sophomore holds an early offer from Buffalo, and has been compared to the Allen brothers by the Michigan State football staff. He made the lengthy commute from Wisconsin to Michigan yesterday to take his first unofficial visit in East Lansing, and it exceeded all expectations by far.
“The visit was unbelievable,” Austin said. Just by that statement, it is evident that the trip was well worth it for the rising offensive guard. For nearly all recruits, one of the most important aspects of the football facilities at a potential destination is the weight room. Michigan State’s renovated weight room drew praise from Austin, as he said, “the weight room was as beautiful as a piece of gold.” However, one element of his visit impressed Austin the most. “The part that stood out the most is how personable the coaching staff is,” he explained.
Austin has nearly two years left in his recruitment, but has already began to focus on the schools that express the most interest. “I’m only a sophomore, so I am interested in colleges that contact me a ton. Coach Salem is a really great guy and coach. I really want to get to know all the coaching staffs that are interested in me.” The coaches at Michigan State have already done an exceptional job of getting to know Austin, and he hopes that the communication continues to progress.
Its no secret, all football recruits dream of playing on Sundays’ in the NFL. Michigan State is coming of back to back to back first round draft picks, with most recently producing the eight overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft in former walk-on, Jack Conklin. The constant production of NFL linemen stands out to Austin. “Its crazy,” said Austin, “It just lets me know that they want the best for every player.” Producing NFL talent isn't the only characteristic of the Michigan State Football staff that stands out to him. Austin said, “They are unbelievable coaches and turn football players into men. Michigan State is one of a couple of schools I can see myself playing at.”
Michigan State will remain a top option for Austin throughout his recruitment. There are a couple other schools that Austin is very interested so far. “Mostly Wisconsin and Buffalo. There are also lots of other coaches that have contacted my coach.” At this time, he only has one visit scheduled to Buffalo, but plans to be very active on the camp circuit.
Scout has yet to rank Austin Erlt. His size, strength, and movement on both lines on the offensive and defensive side of the ball warrants all the interest he is receiving. Spartan Nation will stay in touch with Austin during the camp circuit when he aims to prove that he is worthy of a Spartan offer.