It was nearly seventy years ago that Palazeti's great uncle, Marty Palazeti, played for the Spartans back in the 40's and now, Niko is going to bring the legacy up to speed.
"My whole family went their basically. My sister goes there now, my cousins, uncles, my grandma went there. I definitely grew up a Spartans fan."
The Shamrocks star was thrilled to be linking his family again to the extended MSU Spartans family.
"I'm thrilled, I'm really excited. My family is thrilled, I talked to everyone and they're real excited that I'm going to be a Spartan. Everyone's going to go to the games so its definitely going to be a family affair."
The 6-foot, 230-pound brusing fullback rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown in Detroit Catholic Central's 27-0 in the Boy's Bowl Catholic League playoffs despite a separated shoulder.
He shook it off telling the Detroit News "There are no broken bones or anything serious. They'll pop it back in place and it should be fine."
That's the example of the toughness that he displays on the football field.
One would have thought that a real hard-nosed player like Palazeti would have been in demand right from the beginning, but he was philosophical about his recruitment.
"I went in initally thinking I was going to be a preferred walk on, then Coach Dantonio started talking about a scholarship and the need for a fullback and it just worked out that I ended up getting a scholarship."
After rushing for 552 yards on 91 carries, he was philosophical about being the last player offer by the Spartans for the 2010 class which likely wrapped with his commitment.
"A lot of people want to have a fullback, but they don't want to pay for one," joked Palazeti. "I realized it would be hard to get a major DI scholarship as a fullback but I'm just greatful Michigan State gave me an opportunity."
Palazeti said nothing was said about redshirting him so he's looking to do "whatever the coaches want him to do" immediately to get on the field including special teams.