Junior Day Visitor Dan Schneider

One of yesterday's junior day visitors, tight end Dan Schneider of Avon Lake, Ohio, has some things to say about the MSU football program: "Great tradition, great football," he says, "tough football, grind you up and play hard, play with heart."

At yesterday's junior day event, head coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State football staff welcomed a batch of outstanding student-athletes for tours of the facilities and campus and a meet and greet with MSU coaches.

Avon Lake standout tight end Dan Schneider was one of those players in attendance. Schneider has been on campus before, but took a more personal visit this time around.

"It was great, got to tour the facilities and talk with the coaches," he said. "It was a good day."

He spoke with recruiting coordinator Mark Staten and offensive coordinator Don Treadwell. Those two coaches have been the primary recruiters for Schneider, as well as his Avon Lake teammate Christian Pace, and Schneider says it was nice to touch base with a program that has a formidable reputation.

"Great tradition, great football — tough football, grind you up and play hard, play with heart," he said, describing his perception of MSU football.

Schneider handed off his junior film to the staff in case they had not received it yet and although he didn't get a chance to talk about plans over the summer, Schneider says he'll likely be back when camp season starts up later this year.

And if he does come back, he'll get a chance to work out with coaches and other recruits inside the Spartans' bad weather hanger.

"Of all the things we saw, the practice facility stood out in my mind," he said. "It was very nice."

Schneider speaks, of course, of the full-field practice building within the Duffy Daugherty Football Building. Complete with field goals and the enormous Spartan weight room attached to one side, the building is peppered with inspirational quotes from Spartan greats such as George Perles and banners commemorating Spartan bowl games and National Championships.

Stay tuned to GSN for more updates on yesterday's visitor's and other 2010 prospects.

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