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Orlando McCord got a chance to visit MSU for a second time last weekend. Hear what he thinks about coach Mark Dantonio and the challenge of defending a state title.

Orlando McCord is motivated to prove the talent at Detroit King is as rich as anywhere in the state of Michigan.

That's one reason why the 6-foot-4, 242-pound defensive end prospect is working to impress programs interested in his abilities, schools such as Michigan State, Marshall, Toledo and Louisville.

"I really think our school has some of the top talent (in the state)," McCord said in a recent interview. "But we don't get enough exposure."

The MSU spring game welcomed a host of prospects to East Lansing last weekend and McCord was one of them. He had been on campus before and has had an opportunity to meet head coach Mark Dantonio.

"I thought he was a straightforward guy," McCord said. "He really didn't sugarcoat anything.

"Some coaches will be nice, try to market you in then switch up. I thought that he was straightforward the whole time and I like that about him."

McCord, along with some King teammates (many of whom are D1-caliber) will be busy in the next few months, working to show coaches he deserves a scholarship at summer camps.

He says his pass blocking is perhaps his greatest strength, but he wants to be a well-rounded athlete.

"Playing against the run is a strength, too" he said. "But I've been working on that in the offseason so I can be a complete defensive player."

To repeat as state champs, as well as pull in an abundance of scholarship offers, McCord points to two well-known areas he'll work to improve.

"You can never get too fast, and you can never get too strong," he said.

And McCord is a leader in the offseason, staying focused himself and offering advice to teammates as well.

"I always stress to the guys when we do team workouts ... I always stress to them that last season's over.

"We have to get another championship. Our goal is to repeat and ... in my eyes, anything less is a failure.

"We have to do everything it takes in the offseason, during the season, discipline -- we all have to stay on the same page in order to repeat. And I think that's the ultimate goal."

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