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He says Fremont's players are working hard to put themselves back into the playoff picture for next season and he is dedicating himself to becoming a true FBS prospect that Michigan State will covet.

EAST LANSING -- Is he a quarterback or is he a defensive lineman?

When it comes to Fremont, MI athlete Joe Frendo, it's tough to tell. Frendo has had success on both sides of the football. He's adept at throwing the football, but with his size, 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, its easy to envision him playing behind the offensive or defensive lines.

Michigan State invited the well-spoken Fremont star up for a visit and he enjoyed watching the Spartans come-from-behind win over Wisconsin.

Frendo told us he's been hearing from the Spartans for over a year. As a sophomore he completed 102-of-209 for 1,397 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"(After) my sophomore year, I sent them a letter and they sent me a questionnaire. After my first game this year, they sent me a recruiting letter inviting me to a game and they've sent me a couple of other letters since then," he said.

I talked to Mike Tressel when I was touring the (Skandalaris) complex since he recruits my area and I also spoke to recruiting coordinator Mark Staten."

So do the Spartans like him as a quarterback, a lineman or just an athlete?

"I didn't really talk to them about that," admitted Frendo. "I've been to their camp twice and I played quarterback both times and it seems like they're interested. I talked to Coach Warner a little bit at the camp so it seems like they like me at quarterback but I don't really care, I just want to play college football really bad."

Frendo said he's aware of the commitment of Midland's Andrew Maxwell and says he wants to be where Maxwell is right now.

"I saw him play at Ford Field, he's a great player. I think we're similar in our build, he's a little more skilled than I am right now but I'm working hard to get there, because he's where I want to be. I think I'm fairly comparable in my skills and athleticism."

Frendo said to help the team, he was asked to play on the defensive side of the ball.

"My coaches decided it would be best for the team and I could help them out more at defensive end and wide receiver, because we were really focused on running the football. So I played defensive end this season and I played eight games on defense and had 55 tackles, 15 tackles for loss. I got to play a little bit at quarterback and there for about 50% (completion) and I threw three touchdown passes in the game I started and for 125 yards."

The high water mark for Frendo was when he recorded ten tackles against Ludington, but the Orioles still upset the Packers in a loss that appears to have kept Fremont out of the playoffs. Big Joe said it was especially tough to watch Spring Lake, a team that Fremont handled earlier in the season (28-7) get a bid to the playoffs instead of his squad.

He says Fremont's players are working hard to put themselves back into the playoff picture for next season and he is dedicating himself to becoming a true FBS prospect that Michigan State will covet.

Keep it tuned to GSN to stay up to date with Frendo's recruiting.


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