Spartans Get Jumpstart on 2010 Ohio O-lineman

"The stadium, that was my thing," North Olmsted, Ohio, offensive lineman Matt Rotherman told GSN after a recent junior day visit. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound behemoth took in the sights and amenities of Michigan State with a personal tour by coaches. "It looked great, everything was great."

A recent junior day brought a bountiful crop of 2010 talent to East Lansing as the Michigan State coaching staff put the finishing touches on its 2009 class.

One of the more noticeable bodies that came belonged to Matt Rotheram, a North Olmstead, Ohio, offensive lineman.

"It was my first time being there," he said. "I liked it, it was really nice."

Part of his enjoyment must have come from the attention he received.

"I had a lot of contact with the coaches," he said, "perhaps more than anyone else there."

Michigan State is seriously interested in the junior pancake-maker, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs over 300-pounds. The MSU coaching staff showed great interest in the young man during his junior day visit last week.

"The entire time I had a coach with me," he said. "And at the end, me and like two other guys got to meet with Coach Dantonio."

Rotheram took in the conversation from a man he said he can respect and learned more about what the coaches expect at this stage.

"We talked about the recruiting process and he explained that he needs to see me at camp because there are a few other linemen they are interested in and before they offer one they usually want to see him in action."

But Rotheram might not have to wait that long; he says coaches have floated the idea of offering within the next two months.

When they do see him in action, it will probably be in a number of positions. He's being recruited by MSU as an O-line athlete.

"I'm pretty versatile, so I could go anywhere on the line," he said.

Rotheram hears from all of the Big Ten schools, and many others, so the early attention from MSU coaches may come into play down the road. If it does, a junior day memory might be a contributing factor. Rotheram got a personal tour of Spartan Stadium, from the field to the luxury suites.

"The stadium, that was my thing," he said. "It looked great, everything was great."


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