Zach Hueter was all set to be a Chippewa. The North Branch (Mich.) offensive tackle made his commitment to Central Michigan in December and figured Mt. Pleasant would be his home for the next five years.
Things changed. The Big Ten came calling in the form of Michigan State and soon after, Hueter found himself trading in the Gold and Maroon for the Green and White.
"They pretty much wowed me with what they had," Hueter said about Michigan State.
But the decision was not easy for Hueter, who had built relationships with the CMU staff.
"It was very difficult," he said. "I've had like two hours of sleep every night. But my dream was to play in the Big Ten."
Hueter, who played primarily on the defensive line his first three years of high school, started to get some reps at tight end. Then for his senior season, coaches began to utilize his size (a self-reported 6-foot-7, 295 pounds) at offensive tackle. That position switch got the attention of Spartan coaches, who had met Hueter this summer but wanted to see some senior season game tape.
Soon after the season started, Spartan coaches resumed contact to see how he operated at tackle on the O-line.
"I'd only played the position — that would have been my third game. I just started this year to play offensive line," he said. The rest of his season played out and he waited to hear more from Michigan State. At the beginning of January, Spartan coaches visited Hueter at North Branch, then, finally, two-and-a-half weeks ago, the coaching staff made an offer.
Hueter waited to switch his commitment until after he made an official visit last weekend, when he met current Spartan players. "That was the biggest reason I wanted to go on a visit, to talk to some of the players. It was a tough decision because I knew Central's coaches, so I wanted to know and see how the Michigan State coaches were going to be," he said, emphasizing how much he enjoyed the time he spent getting to know players and coaches. "They turned out to be great guys."
In particular, Hueter was impressed with head coach Mark Dantonio.
"He was straightforward with me," Hueter said. "He's a great guy, very easy to talk to. And that's something I wanted from my head coach, to be able to talk to him about something if I need to."
Soon Hueter will be on campus, enrolled in classes and suiting up for Michigan State. When he does, he'll have a single focus in mind.
"I just want to work my butt off and be the best I can be."
UpClose With MSU Commitment Zach Hueter
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