Spartan O-Tackle Prospect Down to Three

Dan France, from North Royalton, Ohio, recently took an unofficial to MSU and came away impressed with Mark Dantonio and the rest of the Michigan State coaching staff. With scholarships tightening, the pressure to commit inevitably rises. Did the Spartans make France's shortlist?

Michigan State is working hard to land an offensive tackle to their outstanding recruiting class, and Dan France is one of their top choices. France got a chance to visit MSU recently and told GSN he came away impressed with the state of the program.

"I really like the campus and the coaches—I really got a feel for how they coach," he said.

France explained how the emphasis on teaching skills and technique appealed to him as a football player always striving to improve.

"If you do something wrong, they'll correct it until you get it perfect," he said.

France also singled out the strength and conditioning program as impressive.

"The strength and conditioning coach (Ken Mannie) is really intense," he said, noting how important motivation is when athletes are pushing themselves in the weight room. "He's like a drill sergeant almost," France added.

France, who has an MSU offer, got a chance to tour the campus and football facilities and also talked to coach Mark Dantonio a bit more about where he fits into the Spartan recruiting picture.

France is offered as an offensive tackle, but the 6-foot-6, 260-pound athlete could bring versatility to the 2009 class as a potential defensive tackle—much like Spartan commit Blake Treadwell does as a standout center and D-tackle.

And with scholarships tightening at such an early stage in the recruiting game (State has 13 slots filled with 16-19 available), France says there's some unavoidable pressure involved associated with making a decision. He says a decision could come sometime in August, or, "as soon as possible."

But who will he chose from?

"I have a top-three right now," he says, "Iowa, Michigan State and Indiana."

Is there a leader in that group?

"I'd say Michigan State and Indiana are probably tied at the top," he said.

Stay tuned to GSN for the latest on France, who hinted that an evening after two-a-days might be the perfect time to pull the trigger.

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