Earlier this season, he made the six hour trip north and west to East Lansing where he watched the Spartans dismantle Notre Dame.
"It went very well," he says, noting one aspect of the trip in particular. "The new facilities are absolutely incredible. I was blown away by the new football building. The campus atmosphere was great."
Schneider met Spartan offensive coordinator Don Treadwell on the trip and got a feel for the demeanor of the coaching staff.
"I liked him a lot, he seemed like a very nice guy," Schneider said. Treadwell requested game film and Schneider is nearly finished cutting together some of his best clips.
Mike Hadad, a freshman preferred walk-on for State, also hails from Avon Lake. Schneider is still close with Hadad, who keeps him informed of all things MSU football.
Schneider also has a connection to Brian Hoyer. He says the Hoyers are family friends and Dan knows both Brian and his father.
"I know his father real well," Schneider says.
Growing up in Ohio, Schneider naturally has an affinity for the Scarlet & Gray from Columbus. But aside from Ohio State, Schneider says the Spartans have a solid reputation.
"I think Michigan State is a program that is -- my perception is just great football. Down here, we don't really have much against Michigan State, it's pretty much all Michigan," he says with a chuckle. "Michigan State, it's like any other team in the Big Ten. You root for them when they're not playing Ohio State."
And while it's still very early in the recruiting process, and he hopes to learn as much as he can from all interested schools, including summer camp trips, MSU has made an early impression on Schneider.
"I loved it up there when I went," he said. "Hopefully things go well."