On February 24th, Columbus, Ohio three-star outside linebacker Brian Asamoah named a top six of Penn State, Pittsburg, University of Michigan, UCLA, West Virginia, and Cincinnati. His top group of schools also came with a “tentative commitment date”, as he called it, of April 21st. Michigan State had not extended an offer to Brian at the time, but on March 19th, the Spartans offered the highly sought after 6’1”, 205 pound linebacker.
Along with his family, Brian decided it would be best to push back his commitment date and take his time so that he can be 100% confident that the school he eventually selects will be the right fit.
Its no secret, Brian’s recent offer from Michigan State contributed to his decision to take his time with his recruitment. Michigan State was one of the first colleges he ever visited, in fact he has visited Michigan State more than any other school. “I like what Michigan State has to offer,” Brian said, “I think I would fit well in their scheme!”
Michigan State has always came off as an intriguing school for the three-star linebacker. Receiving an offer from Michigan State came as a big accomplishment for Brian, as well. "Getting the chance to play with great players, even my high school teammate Austin Andrews," said Brian, "This opportunity is so amazing and I'm extremely excited.”
One selling point that Michigan State has to offer that no other school can is the potential to play with a past teammate. Austin Andrews and Bran Asamoah were once leaders of the St. Francis DeSales Stallions defense. They continue to have a great bond, and Brian visited Austin in East Lansing several times in 2016. Austin is in a great position to become a large contributor to the Spartans’ secondary this upcoming season, and Brian is excited to how his ex-teammate will preform. “I'm excited for him. I can't wait to see how he does this season. It would be nice to play with a former teammate,” he commented.
On the flip side, Austin is doing a little bit of recruiting himself to persuade Brian to follow his path to East Lansing. “He just tells me how he loves the campus and nothing but great things about the coaching staff,” Brian explained. However, Brian knows that his college decision will ultimately come down to his own comfortability and fit with his eventual choice, saying “I appreciate Austin;s advice but in the long run, it won't impact my decision making.”
After delaying his scheduled commitment, Brian will have time to visit schools that were not originally in his top six such as Notre Dame, Kentucky, Michigan State, and others. Speaking of an upcoming visit to Michigan State, he stated, “I'm trying to get out there in the summer. I would like to see some class rooms. Talking to the school of business and meet with some academic advisors would be something I would also like to do while I’m there.”
Since Brian has a new approach to his recruitment, Spartan fans should not expect a commitment any time soon. “Right now I’m just slowing down the recruiting process to get a better feel of visits and schools and see what’s the best situation out there for me,” he concluded.
Scout rates Brian Asamoah a three-star outside linebacker and the 33rd at his position nationally. Brian now holds nearly 25 scholarship offers from all across the country. Spartan fans should keep an eye on this recruitment, as Austin Andrews is working hard to have Brian team up with him in East Lansing next year.