The recruitment for 2019 Missouri quarterback Nate Martens is starting to heat up and Michigan State is among several teams showing interest in the 6-foot-3, 210 pound signal caller out of De Smet Jesuit High School.
Martens has visited Michigan State twice in the past year, once for a basketball game during the winter and more recently for a scrimmage before the Spartans held their annual spring game, and left impressed with the campus.
“The campus was really nice,” he said. “Going up there and seeing it in the winter time, it’s really beautiful up there and then going up in the spring and seeing both sides of it and see what it’d look like if I’d get to spend more time up there.”
Being able to be on campus and watch the team’s scrimmage and having the chance to watch the football team and coaches at work was an opportunity that Martens appreciated having.
“It was very intense they were pushing for it and getting to know what you want to do on the team,” he said. “They were very calm about teaching kids to do it the right way and being able to build a bond with him. The relationships with the players and the coaches was really nice.”
In January, Martens landed his first offer of the recruiting process from Syracuse, and has continued to hear from other schools interested in the sophomore quarterback, including the Spartans.
Along with visiting East Lansing, Martens has been in touch with quarterbacks coach Brad Salem and receivers coach Terrance Samuel.
“I’ve been meeting with coach Salem and coach Samuel and I’ve really enjoyed getting to talk to them and getting to know them,” he said. “It’s been really fun and I really enjoyed the atmosphere up there.”
Along with speaking to the Michigan State coaching staff, Martens said that he has also spoken with 2018 quarterback commit Theo Day out of Dearborn Divine Child, who he had the chance to speak with about the Spartans at The Opening.
Martens also had the opportunity to meet head football coach Mark Dantonio this spring and said that he likes how close-knit the Spartans’ coaching staff is and how long the coaches have been a part of the school.
“I have talked to coach Dantonio, I met him at the practice,” he said. “Everybody’s been there for such a long time and they’re all together. I feel like they’re their own little family and they know they can trust each other. You can put your trust in them that they’re going to trust you back.”
Martens anticipates making a return visit to East Lansing this summer as he plans to attend Michigan State’s football camp.
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