CB Prospect has Spartan Connections

William Sturges, who is hearing from Big Ten and MAC schools, says he'll be working throughout the summer and next fall to improve his stock in the eyes of college programs.

William Sturges has friends in high places. The wide receiver and cornerback from Detroit Southeastern keeps in touch with two of Michigan State's highest regarded 2008 commits: Charles Burrell and Fred Smith.

"I talk to them every day," Sturges says.

His friendship with Smith and Burrell gave him an opportunity to see Michigan State first hand last year.

"I talked to Mark Dantonio when Fred was going up there for the home games," he said.

Sturges (5-foot-7, 165 pounds) gets mail from Big Ten (Iowa, Indiana) and plenty of MAC schools, and although recruiting is slow now, things could heat up with impressive performances at camps over the summer and a successful season next year.

Over the summer he says he wants to make it to a Spartan camp, and when he's in East Lansing he'll display his skills as a cornerback prospect. One part of his game he's working on now is his quickness.

"My footwork coming off the line, I think I have a slow take-off," he says. But he compensates with another talent. "I have good catch-up speed," he says.

Sturges works on his footwork before weightlifting class at Southeastern. He says he does shuttle drills, "for about an hour before we start lifting." He has recorded 40-yard dash time of 4.59, but says he's run closer to 4.4 and will work to showcase his speed through the summer.

For next season, Sturges says the Southeastern team has a goal to improve on its 5-4 record.

And when he's not lifting or sweating through shuttle runs, Sturges stays close to his former teammates.

"Me and Chuck and Fred get together and play Madden," he says. "I play with the Falcons."

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