O-line Recruit from Illinois on Spartan Radar

Kansas, Illinois, Purdue, and Indiana are just some of the camps Semple has made it to this summer. One weekend trip took him to both Central Michigan and Michigan State. Semple enjoyed the trip to East Lansing and found out more about the Spartans.

Joe Semple has been traveling this summer, attending camps to improve his game and show as many coaches as possible he would be a valuable addition to their program.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman from Mundelein Cons High School (IL), who projects as a center or a guard, recently received his first offer from Bowling Green. By the end of his senior season, when he'd like to have a decision made, Semple should have plenty more offers.

Kansas, Illinois, Purdue, and Indiana are just some of the camps Semple has made it to this summer. One weekend trip took him to both Central Michigan and Michigan State. Semple enjoyed the trip to East Lansing and found out more about the Spartans.

"It was a really good camp, I liked it a lot," said Semple.

In addition to complimenting the campus, Semple said the Green and White coaching staff impressed as well.

"I liked the offensive line coach (Dan Roushar) and the way he was coaching everyone, and his style of coaching," he said

Apparently, the feeling is mutual. Michigan State coaches plan on keeping a close eye on Semple as he plays his senior season.

"They said they liked me a lot and they will continue recruiting me and they want to see some game tape of my senior year," Semple said.

And he seems to have a solid grasp of what it takes to be an excellent lineman. Semple points to his tenacity as a strength: "Getting the first initial pop, hitting them nice and good and keeping my feet driving and going down to a linebacker and taking good angles and just staying on them until the whistle blows."

In addition to Bowling Green, Semple names Illinois and Indiana as three of the top schools on his list.

For now, Semple will prepare to be a champion and, as a captain, knows the importance of setting goals.

"We got a lot of good players . . . I'll be very surprised if we don't go to the playoffs," he said of his high school team. Then, knowing that talking and doing are completely different things, Semple adds, "But we'll see."


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