Palazeti Relinks Family To Spartan Family

Niko Palazeti considers himself the latest update to the Palazeti line of football heroes at Michigan State.....well not really. But after nearly seventy years without a Palazeti wearing the Green-and-White, the fire still burns in Niko Palazeti for the Spartans. GET INside to hear the passion of the latest commitment for the Spartans.

Niko Palazeti considers himself the latest update to the Palazeti line of football heroes at Michigan State.....well not really.

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.

With two fifth year seniors in Andrew Hawken and Andrew Pendy graduating, there is not a lot of quality depth left at the position.

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."

He's looking forward to the opportunity to block for Larry Caper and Edwin Baker and if he gets the shot, to run it on goalline opportunities.

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.

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