Fowler: "It Feels Great" to be a Spartan

GSN caught up with Bennie Fowler, the speedy, fast-rising student-athlete from Detroit Country Day who recently became the newest member of the Michigan State family, to find out the reasoning behind his commitment.

Bennie Fowler is the 11th verbal commit to Michigan State's increasingly impressive 2009 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound speedster from Detroit Country Day gave the Spartan's his word yesterday after a visit on Friday. Fowler earned his scholarship offer as a wide receiver after an outstanding camp in East Lansing a few weeks ago, where he ran a blazing 4.36 in the 40-yard dash.

"It feels great," Fowler told GSN. He pointed to the overall atmosphere established by the coaching staff as the most significant factor in his decision. "I like the coaches. They are just great people," he said.

Fowler pointed to head coach Mark Dantonio as a person who understands the mind of a recruit.

"He knows what he's talking about," Fowler said. "I'm glad that he recruits instate players, and I think he's a good overall coach with good values."

Current Spartans Deon Curry and Chris R. Rucker, former Country Day stars themselves, told Fowler the benefits of Michigan State, but also let him know his time in EL won't be easy.

"They said it's hard work, but it's worth it and they said it's a good place. And I was able to see that all on Friday," Fowler said, adding that being close to home was another factor that played into his decision.

In college, Fowler plans on either studying something in the field of business or he might have his hand at pre-law.

Something else Fowler is looking forward to is an opportunity to face former teammates who now play for MSU rivals. He singled out two of last year's seniors at Country Day — Kenny Demens, with Michigan, and Jonas Gray, who went to Notre Dame — as guys on teams he'll be excited to face

But what's really important to Fowler is contributing to the foundation of winning that is being built by Dantonio and staff.

"I feel like I can go there and help the team win," he said.

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