Spartans, QB Boisture Checking Out Each Other

"One of the things I really want is a head coach who is going to be there through my entire career. With coaches moving around so much, its hard for players to know where they stand, so that's really important to me." -- Saline QB Joe Boisture

SALINE - For quarterback Joe Boisture, the move from Goodrich to Saline was eye-opening. Boisture went from a school with about 650 students to one with over 1,800.

So he understands that even though he is one of the state's top high profile quarterbacks, nothing is going to come easily for him at Saline.

"You're right, this is the first time I'll really have competition for the starting quarterback job," said Boisture who may, or may not face competition from incumbent starter Nick Moeller.

Moeller threw for over 2,300 yards and fourteen touchdowns last season for the Hornets, but there are rumors he may transfer. Both will likely follow in the footsteps of former Saline star Nick Sheridan, currently toiling at Michigan, into the collegiate ranks.

Still Boisture thinks competition will be a good thing. "It's only going to get me ready for the competition I face once I get into college," he said. "Colleges are going to only bring in the best talent every year, so you'll continually have to prove yourself and so I might as well start now."

One thing that has stuck out with the 6-foot-6 junior is the work ethic that the Hornets have. "No one's going to outwork us, that's for sure. We're already lifting weights. A few days ago, a couple of us went to a workout facility and threw the ball around and I've been throwing the ball around with some of my coaches already."

"I got up at 6:00am to lift weights!," joked Boisture.

Everyone knows the ties that Boisture - through his grandfather Dan Boisture who coached under legendary head coach Duffy Daugherty - has to Michigan State, but since he doesn't have an offer from the Spartans at this time, he's doing his due diligence when it comes to where he might play his collegiate ball.

"I'm going to visit Pittsburgh, Boston College and Wisconsin unofficially," he said. I want to see those campuses and find out what their programs are all about."

Boisture said he noted the new contract Mark Dantonio received and he's happy about it. "One of the things I really want is a head coach who is going to be there through my entire career. With coaches moving around so much, its hard for players to know where they stand, so that's really important to me."

The Spartans are evaluating quarterbacks for 2010 and have two quarterbacks in the '07 class with sophomores Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol, but none in the '08 class and only Andrew Maxwell in the '09 class. They could take two quarterbacks in '10.

Boisture's style fits the Spartans style of play. He's a classic big dropback passer with a big arm and reminds one a little bit of former Miami Dolphins star Dan Marino. Like Marino, Boisture's size give him the ability to scan the field and see over blockers.

Will he grab a MSU offer? Give us your take in the Spartans Insight message board.


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