One-on-One:Recruiting Coordinator Mark Staten

"I grew up rooting for the Green-and-White. I'm from a little town about two hours away called Dowagiac. I've actually had State pride since I was younger.--Michigan State recruiting coordinator Mark Staten

EAST LANSING -- Michigan State tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Mark Staten sat down with GSN for a wide-ranging interview on a number of topics. In part one, Staten talks about the adjustment of moving from the University of Cincinnati to East Lansing and how his background made this a perfect place for him

GSN: How's the adjustment been moving up from Cincinnati to East Lansing and becoming part of Spartan family?

STATEN: "I grew up rooting for the Green-and-White. I'm from a little town about two hours away called Dowagiac. I've actually had State pride since I was younger.

For myself personally, it's been awesome to be able to speak highly of something that you so truly believe in and you truly believe is a great place, a phenomenal place, a place with a great leader, a place with great leaders in the position coaches, so that in itself has been absolutely phenomenal.

As far as the facilities that we're building? They're going to be top of the line. We're living out of trailers right now so that they can continue and get these facilities done within the next year.

The adjustment to Michigan State for me has been just awesome. I won't say it's been seamless, there's been some personal issues like selling your house. A few of us haven't sold our houses yet down in Cincinnati (laughs), that can make it a little bit trying. But the reception we've had up here - the other day I heard someone introduce Coach (Dantonio) 'hey, he's the only undefeated coach at Michigan State', which is true.

GSN: What are you going to have to do to turn this program back to its tradition of excellence?

STATEN: "The big thing is going to be handling adversity, how our kids handle adversity. There's different ways that we've been trying to implement and putting them into adverse situations to see how they respond. In practice-like situations, in meeting rooms, to try to get them to respond to (adversity) positively. That's a learned process, its going to take time. It takes us time to know our players and how they respond and for them to know us and trust us that we have their best interest, not only on the field but off the field."

"(Ohio State coach) Jim Tressel's dad said 'they don't care about what you know until they know how much you care.' That's kind of a philosophy that we all take with us. It's really important. You know kids, they're not going to share a whole lot with you until they get to know you."

NEXT: Coach Staten talks Michigan State football recruiting.

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