In the football recruiting class of 2016, the Michigan State Spartans signed four players from the state of Illinois. In the class of 2017, they signed two players from the state as well. Traditionally they’ve been very successful with their players from the state. In the class of 2018, the staff is looking to continue the trend. There have been five scholarship offers extended Illinois recruits in this class, most recently Noah Shannon, a three-star defensive tackle from Oswego, Illinois. He spoke with Spartan Nation shortly after receiving his offer from Michigan State.
Michigan State has hosted Noah for visits several times already, and he's already come away very impressed, even before his offer. He is a fan of the intense feel of the program, and connects with one coach in particular very well. “I really like the intensity of their practices, and how Coach Burton coaches his guys up! I would love to play for Coach Burton,” he exclaimed.
Since his visits to East Lansing earlier this year and last, he has remained in constant contact with Coach Burton. Coach Burton made a stop to Oswego High School to inform Noah of his opportunity to play at Michigan State.
“Coach Burton offered me. We talked the other day on the phone for a little bit and he was asking me about how my training was going and how I felt about Michigan State. He also wanted to know about how I felt about my two visits when I was on campus.”
One aspect of the Michigan State Football program also stands out to the 6’2”, 270 pound defensive tackle. “They sign and produce a lot of guys from Illinois,” Noah said. “Their success with recruits from Illinois tells me that they know what they are doing there.” He is a fan of the production, and the Spartan offer is on par with his 17 other offers from Duke, Iowa, Arkansas, and others. “They know what it takes to be successful,” he added.
Noah has been had one of the hottest recruitments in the winter and springtime. “Besides Michigan State, I’ve been hearing a lot from Indiana, Iowa State, Iowa, Minnesota, and Duke,” said Noah.
He only has one visit scheduled right now. He will be on Minnesota’s campus on May 9th.
Scout rates Noah Shannon a three-star defensive tackle and the 45th ranked player at his position in the class of 2018.