Nick Carey, a 2018 offensive lineman out of Detroit Catholic Central high school in Michigan, is a player who could see his recruitment take off over the next couple of months and he could be on the verge of landing an offer from Michigan State.
Carey recently spoke with Spartan Nation and said that he looks at Michigan State as being a dream school for him and would seriously consider the Spartans if they offer.
“I consider Michigan State to be a dream school of mine,” he said. “I’ve always liked them, growing up in Michigan and I’ve just always been a big fan. I’d love to have that environment to play in.”
Carey has been in contact with Michigan State recently, specifically with offensive line coach Mark Staten, who told the 6-foot-7, 290 pound offensive tackle that his performance at a Michigan State camp on June 17th, could be key for him to land an offer from the Spartans.
“That’s what I’ve heard a lot,” he said. “Talking with coach Staten, that camp’s going to be big for me and that’ll be what my offer is contingent on.”
Carey is more than familiar with the campus in East Lansing, citing the five visits he has already taken to Michigan State, but also added that with quite a few relatives attending the school in the past, he has spent his fair share of time on campus over the years.
“I love the campus, I love the feel of it,” he said. “I’ve been around, I’ve had a lot of family go there so I’ve seen the campus my entire life and I really like it.”
Carey already holds offers from several Division 1 schools, including Iowa State and Virginia along with several offers from Mid-American Conference programs.
The soon-to-be high school senior out of Novi has also gained the interest from a handful of Big Ten schools recently as he’s heard from Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota and Iowa.
In just a few days, Carey will be at Maryland for a camp and said that he has formed a good relationship with offensive line coach Tyler Bowen.
“I like coach Bowen a lot,” he said. “I think he’s a great coach and a great guy and I enjoy talking to him.”
Iowa has recently been in touch with Carey as well and visited the 2-star prospect in school and Carey noted that he was excited to hear from the Hawkeyes considering their reputation for recruiting and producing quality offensive linemen.
“Iowa is definitely big for a lineman, I’m really honored to be able to talk to them,” he said. “I’ve talked to their coach, he’s come into school and I talked to him there for a little bit. They’re another school that wants to see me at camp.”
Along with Iowa, Maryland and Michigan State, another school that Carey intends to camp at is Iowa and added that the coaching staff and what the school offers academically has him very interested in the Hoosiers.
“I definitely like their coach, that’s a big thing for me, the coaching staff and the academics too, because I’m big on academics,” he said. “So that’s another thing that intrigues me about them.”
Much like Indiana, Carey noted that he was impressed with the new Minnesota coaching staff, which is led by former Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck.
“I think the energy that coach Fleck and all of them bring to the program is really intense and upbeat,” he said. “It’s kind of cool to watch.”
Carey also mentioned that he first heard from Michigan earlier in the recruiting process, about a year ago, and after not hearing from the Wolverines for a period of time, he has recently spoken with offensive coordinator Jim Drevno.
With more than 10 offers in hand and plenty more on the way, Carey plans to make a commitment during the summer, either towards the end of June or beginning of July.
While he has already emerged as one of the top offensive lineman in the state of Michigan, Carey said that he sees room for improvement in his game, which includes using his footwork and athleticism more consistently.
“I definitely use my body more than I use my stance sometimes,” he said. “I’ll just use my big body and move people when I could show my footwork more, I could show how explosive I am. Sometimes, I’ll just take an easier defender and I’ll just use my body instead of using my technique every single play.”
But while he continues to work on improving, Carey said that one part of his game that he takes pride in is his effort and ability to play through the whistle.
“I always finish plays,” he said. “I’ll either put a guy on the ground or shove him or anything, I never give up on a play.”
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