Although he still has two years of football remaining at the high school level, 2019 defensive tackle Jowon Briggs out of Walnut Hills High School in Ohio is emerging as one of the top defensive line prospects in the Midwest and the Spartans are one of the latest schools to extend an offer.
Briggs recently spoke with Spartan Nation about Michigan State and said that he enjoyed a recent visit to East Lansing as had the opportunity to watch the football team practice.
“As far as Michigan State goes, it was very individualized in the way I got to experience them compared to any other place because I actually got to walk around look at practice and see all of the players work together, look at, specifically, the defensive line unit work throughout their drills,” he said. “I got to talk to their coach throughout practice, see how he works, so that stood out to me in itself.”
While he admittedly doesn’t pay too close of attention to college football, Briggs said that Michigan State’s success in recent years is something that stands out to him.
“I don’t really watch much college football or NFL football that much,” he said. “So just as someone being fresh or green to the whole recruiting experience and everything, that definitely stood out to me in the whole process.”
Briggs, a 6-foot-3, 277 pound defensive tackle, capable of playing anywhere along the defensive line, said that he hopes to make a return visit to Michigan State so he can see more of what the campus has to offer.
So far in the recruiting process, the 4-star recruit holds offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Rutgers along with several other offers.
Briggs also recently visited Michigan where he was on campus for the school’s pro day and appreciated having the chance to see the team’s NFL prospects work out in front of NFL personnel.
“At Michigan, the thing that stood out there, I came up there on the pro day, so I got to really see how they cut on the switch as far as practice and when you’re getting looked at by NFL people,” he said. “As far as their facilities and the school goes, it was pretty nice, I got to ride around more than I got to at Michigan State. At Michigan State I only got to really see practice, but at Michigan, I got to ride around and see more of the campus.”
Another school that has grabbed the interest of Briggs is Notre Dame, which hosted Briggs for its sophomore day in South Bend.
“As far as Notre Dame goes with the visit, it was a sophomore day, so it wasn’t as individualized as Michigan State or Michigan,” he said. “It was nice out there too, it was pretty much the same deal as Michigan as far as how the visit went.”
With two more years of football at the high school level remaining, Briggs is taking his time when it comes to making a decision, but did note that he could choose to stay close to home so his family can attend his collegiate games.
“I definitely want my family to be able to come and see my games when I’m in college,” he said. “For that, it’s all about where they feel comfortable sending me off and where I feel comfortable being, because I’ve got to stay there for four years.”
Something else that will factor into Briggs’ decision will be which school is the best fit for him academically, citing the fact that he wants to be prepared for life after football.
“Football is there,” he said. “But you’ve always got to be aware of what there is following football, what there is while you’re doing football to help advance you as a and as a person in the future.”
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