Spartans Mulling Greyshirt Offer To Markowitz

"At this time, my son is sold on Michigan State. It is a fabulous place. It is a place where a kid like him, a tough competitor could thrive" -- Barry Markowitz, fomer UCLA Bruin and father of guard prospect Abe Markowitz.

HONOLULU, HI - Michigan State has had some talented players come over from the big island of Hawaii under legendary head coach Duffy Daugherty, most notably 1966 All-American Bob Apisa and kicker Dick Kenney.

Once Daughtery turned coaching duties over to Denny Stoltz, the pipeline slowed to a trickle, with the last Hawaiian of note being Carter Kamana, from Kamehameha, who manned the corner position from 1981-84 under George Perles, but that could all be changing.

Michigan State is mulling whether to offer a greyshirt to Abe Markowitz, son of former UCLA player Barry Markowitz.

If they do, the scholarship will count against the 2009 class and Markowitz would be on scholarship but have to sit out the entire 2008 season.

Markowitz, 6-foot-3, 275-pound OL/DL from the Punahou School in Honolulu is known to have two offers and visited Michigan State last weekend where he spent more than five hours with the Spartan coaching staff following a visit to St Francis (PA).

West Coast Scout Chris Fetters puts Markowitz among the Northwest Hot 100 and in the list's top 30 players. He is one of only two players on that list not to have signed a letter of intent on National Signing Day.

"Michigan State is evaluating, not only his performance on the video that they received, but --Michigan State is a great school-- so they evaluate the character and how an individual fits into their program," the elder Markowitz told GSN late last evening.

"At this time, my son is sold on Michigan State. It is a fabulous place. It is a place where a kid like him, a tough competitor could thrive, but on their side, they're doing their due diligence and evaluating, not only him as a player and a person, but what do they need to do for the class of 2009. The discussions have been relative to him as a greyshirt full scholarship athlete," he said.

A return to the vertile ground Hawaii could pay dividends for the Spartans as the talent coming from the Big Island continues to get better and better. The elder Markowitz reminisced about playing against his son's head coach, Kale Ane, a Spartan in the early 70s, for UCLA.

"I love Michigan State," said Markowitz. "My senior year, our opening game at the Colleseum was against my son's (Punahou football coach and co-athletic director) coach Kale Ane. I still have to go (dig) in the box and find the program so my son gets to see it."

"I don't know, my son was supposed to be there and actually watch that game (at Michigan State) because they have it on film. So I was expecting my son to come back and make fun of me and his coach for our performance in the game against each other," said Markowitz.

The next move is up to the Michigan State's coaching staff who must weigh whether to tender and offer to the two-star offensive line recruit or if they'd do better putting the scholarship away and using it on a player from the bumper crop of Michigan and Midwest 2009 talent.

Will the Hawaii pipeline that's been closed for more than 20 years begin to trickle again for the Spartans? It would appear the ball is in their court.

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