Powerful Recruit Impressed by Spartans

"My favorite would probably be Michigan State. I like the atmosphere. I like the coaches—they'll teach you and they get excited about when you're playing and things like that. They're really fun to be around." --John Kaminski, Joliet Catholic Academy (IL)

In a summer that he has devoted to improving his game for his senior season, John Kaminski of Joliet Catholic Academy (IL) found his way to Michigan State for a June camp.

The 6-foot-3, 315-pound offensive line prospect met with coaches and worked on his technique.

"It went pretty well. I worked with coach Roushar on a lot of different things," Kaminski said. "We did one-on-one's so they were able to see how we pass-block, we hit the pads a little bit, and did some agility drills."

Kaminski has gotten plenty of attention from Big Ten teams, including Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Purdue. But recently, the team that has been recruiting Kaminski the hardest has been from the Big East.

"Louisville actually came on kind of late. I've been talking with them guys some," he says.

Kaminski projects to be a guard or center at the next level, but has also talked with coaches about the possibility of using his skills on the opposite side of the pigskin.

When asked for a favorite, Kaminski has a quick answer.

"My favorite would probably be Michigan State," Kaminski says. "I like the atmosphere. I like the coaches—they'll teach you and they get excited about when you're playing and things like that. They're really fun to be around."

And the Spartan program could benefit from investing in a solid prospect like Kaminski. As a member of his high school weight lifting team, Kaminski understands the importance of weight training. Kaminski bench presses over 450 pounds, squats well over 600 pounds, and aims to dead-lift 530 to 540 pounds at his next meet.

All that weight training should pay off in the long run, but for now the focus is on his upcoming senior season. With 14 starters returning, Kaminski expects the team to compete at a high level.

"We are very seasoned and we should be a very good team this year," he said.


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