Spartans get Schmeding to commit

MSU's persistance pays off as team adds big time lineman for East Rutherford, NJ.

(EAST LANSING) The coaching staff in East Lansing must be smiling at the thought of their 2005 offensive line.

Michigan State today added a verbal commitment from East Rutherford New Jersey's Mike Schmeding, a 6-foot-9, 319-pound tackle who has one of the longest football lineages of any player MSU has recruited.

Mike's father played for Arizona State, he has an uncle and grandfather who played for Notre Dame and two uncles and a cousin who played for Boston College, yet he resisted the temptation to go to ASU, Notre Dame or BC, instead verballing to the Spartans.

"They have a great campus and you can't beat playing in the Big Ten. They have also recruited me the hardest and the longest." Mike adds that he receives two letters a day from MSU.

Schmeding bench presses 330lbs and has a 13-3 record in his second year of wrestling. He turned down Notre Dame, Boston College, Virginia, West Virginia, Rutgers, Penn State, Iowa, Syracuse, Northwestern, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Duke.

It's almost redundant to ask a lineman of that size what his strengths are, yet Schmeding said, "My coaches tell me I fire off the ball well. We're a mostly running team. They say I'm aggressive, I have great work ethic and I'm intense."

Imagine a pairing of Schmeding and freshman Roland Martin across the front line. Spartans fans will only have to wait a year until that vision becomes reality.

Portions of this story were previously written by Art Stein of Rutgers Insider and Mike Frank of Irish Eyes

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