Dan France Makes Michigan State Home

The train just keeps on rolling as Dan France gave Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio his commitment earlier today. That makes 15 outstanding 2009 student-athletes committed to Michigan State before the season even starts. Where is France slotted to play at the next level? Who did it come down to? What is he most excited about? GSN asked those questions and more.

Dan France told GSN he became the 15th Spartan commitment for the class of 2009 earlier today. He told Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio that he wanted to be part of a program with a great history and bright future.

"I really felt at home at Michigan State with their coaching staff," France said.

France, who will come in as a defensive tackle, also spoke with his future defensive coordinator, Pat Narduzzi, and says that even though he's never played the interior of the defensive line, his transition from D-end should be a minor hurdle. In the past, the Spartans recruited him primarily as an offensive tackle, but he says he'd rather play defense at the next level anyway.

"I've never really played D-tackle, but I'll learn it pretty easily," he said, noting how important it is to get leverage as a lineman, regardless of position or side of the ball. This season for North Royalton, he'll man an outside linebacker position in the team's 3-4 defensive scheme, but he says the position plays similarly to a D-end in a 5 technique.

France said coach Dantonio told him he was happy to have a versatile athlete like France in the fold.

"He said he's really excited to have me," France said, "and can't wait to get me on campus and stuff, and get me in games."

The decision came down to MSU, Iowa and Indiana. When he last checked with Indiana, the Hoosiers told him their slots were already filled, so France's final decision really came down to Iowa and the Spartans.

France said the overall comfort level and state of the program were the primary reasons steering him to East Lansing, but the fact that Iowa is a 10-hour drive away from North Royalton didn't help the Hawkeyes' cause.

"Part of the reason I chose Michigan State," France explained, "is because I know they have a really good group this year and I know they're going to be pretty good in the years to come."

He said he's glad to have the recruiting process over so that he can focus on improving and winning with his team during his senior season. Plus, now he can look forward to joining a college team with a distinguished history and great fan base.

"Michigan State is a pretty storied program, so I can't wait to feel the game-day atmosphere," he said.

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