Caper's Sights Set on Competition

Building power and speed are priorities as Caper now turns his attention to preparing his body for Big Ten-level football. A regular weight training regimen will help him accumulate the requisite bulk he'll need and running track will maintain and develop his speed.

Larry Caper is hanging up high school football and turning his focus to contributing as soon as possible as a Michigan State Spartan.

His senior season ended last weekend against undefeated Grand Ledge, although he did his best to extend the last go-round. He rushed for over 200 yards and scored four touchdowns.

"It's good to get 200-yards in a game ... that's what I try to do," he said, "but when you don't come out with a 'W' it really doesn't matter."

In the end, Caper has fond memories of his final season.

"It went pretty good. It could have been a better season, I thought, but the relationships you form with the underclassmen and the fun we had throughout the season, it was fun," he said.

Like many other commits, Caper has been a regular face in the crowd for home games. That includes the last one against Wisconsin, except Larry left a little early, much to his chagrin

"My dad and me left a little early, you know, because they were down by 10, but they came back, made a field goal," he said. "It was nice, the atmosphere and everything."

The rivalry game against Michigan the week prior also gave Caper a taste of what the future holds.

"Now that I did commit, I mean, you just don't like Michigan anymore. It's like a rivalry with your high school team, you just don't like them," he said. Caper knows a lot of die-hard Wolverines and, like many Spartan fans, enjoyed his chance to say, simply, scoreboard.

"When they ... beat them, I got the chance to talk a lot of stuff. That was fun," he said.

Building power and speed are priorities as Caper now turns his attention to preparing his body for Big Ten-level football. A regular weight lifting regimen (he currently benches 320-pounds) will help him accumulate the requisite bulk he'll need and running will take care of his other needs.

"When I come in, I want to be ready," he said.

Indoor track in the winter and track and field in the spring will keep Caper's speed and quickness growing. While he runs the 100-meter dash, the 200 and a couple other sprints, he says he's really concentrating on the long jump.

"My farthest last year was 23 (feet) 2 (inches), something like that," he said. The event gives Caper a chance to continue to develop his explosiveness, a useful attribute for runners.

"I'm more explosive than I am effective at running distance. I can (run long), but most of the races I've won, the close ones, I'm fast off the block," he said.

This weekend Caper wanted to make Senior Day at Spartan Stadium, but instead he'll be joining his dad at Ford Field to watch his father's alma matter, Western Michigan, take on Illinois.

Over the next few months, as he prepares for MSU, Caper will be thinking of contributing right away. Although he considered early enrollment, Caper says he'll focus on finishing out his senior year.

"I'm just looking to compete," he said. "I just want to prove myself to myself. I already know what I'm capable of doing, so I'll just go out there and give 110% every play, every practice."


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