Michigan State became the first power five school to offer 2019 Georgia defensive end Torey Zanders earlier this month and the Spartans have made a big impression on the George Walton Academy standout in the early stages of his recruitment.
Zanders told Spartan Nation that he was excited to receive the Michigan State offer and is pleased with how his recruitment has gone with the Spartans thus far.
“I really love the way they recruited me,” he said. “I’m really just happy that they loved my film and the way I play.”
“They recruited me through my cousin, because my cousin does a lot of recruitment and he knows a lot of coaches,” he said. “He sent my film out to them and they really loved my film and everything, so they started texting my cousin and then they wanted to offer me.”
Zanders’ offer from Michigan State was his second Division 1 offer, his first was from Western Kentucky, which he received last month.
Throughout his young high school career, Zanders, who stands at 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, has proven to be a capable playmaker at both linebacker and defensive end, but noted his preference is to play on the defensive line.
“I think I am better at D-end,’ he said. “Just the way I can use my hands and my quickness and I just love to come off the ball real fast and just get to the quarterback.”
With two more years left to go in his prep career, Zanders noted that he still feels he has room for improvement, particularly playing in coverage at the linebacker position.
After a highly successful sophomore season at George Walton, his first year at the school, Zanders said he is excited with the direction he is heading in, both athletically and academically.
“This year is my first year at George Walton Academy,” he said. “At my old school, I didn’t really like the position that I was at, so I just went to a private school to help me out with my education and it’s going really good.”
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