MSU In Battle For Ohio Linebacker

As one of Ohio's hottest prospects, Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier High School linebacker Sean Duggan has picked up an offer from Michigan State. But while the Spartans have had some success with linebackers from Cincinnati, they'll have to fight hard to earn his verbal pledge. We get the latest on Duggan's interest in Michigan State.

Mark Dantonio and his staff are no strangers to the Greater Catholic League in Cincinnati, Ohio. After coaching at the University of Cincinnati for three years, and having success with Greg Jones (Cincinnati Moeller), Dantonio is looking to restock the Spartans roster with more players from one of the toughest leagues in all of high school football.

Sean Duggan has become a major target for the Spartans and with a verbal offer having been issued on Tuesday morning, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounds Duggan now knows of the interest Dantonio has in his abilities.

"I spoke with Coach (Harlon) Barnett a little bit on the phone last night," Duggan said late Tuesday. "He said Michigan State was going to offer me and that I needed to speak with Coach Dantonio to make it official. I spoke with Coach Dantonio today and he said I had an offer and that It was being sent out in the mail."

For Duggan the interest shown by the Spartans was one he enjoyed.

"I was really excited when I heard they were going to offer me a scholarship. Then when I spoke with Coach Dantonio he told me a little bit about the school and talked about me making a visit this summer. He also talked about where I was academically and told me they are being very selective at the linebacker position since they've already got two committed."

With plans of making a visit to East Lansing in late June, Duggan looks to cut his list down to at least twelve schools very soon to relieve some of the pressure he's starting to feel.

"I have no plans on attending any camps this summer, I just want to make some unofficial visits and learn more about the programs that have offered me."

When pressed if any programs have stood out, Duggan didn't hesitate as to who has caught his eye early.

"It's really hard to say as it changes every day. But I've had the most contact with Wisconsin and Boston College. I've visited Boston College a couple of times and I know more about them than any other place. We have former St. Xavier players at each school so I know some things about each program."

As for a timeline in making a decision, Duggan is hoping to end his recruiting before his senior season begins.

"I would like to make my decision before my senior year so I can concentrate on helping my team win a state championship. But I'm not going to make a decision until I'm 100% positive on where I'm going to go. I don't want to be one of these guys who makes a commitment and then backs out of it."

With three exams this week to close out his junior year, Duggan is just excited to get back to football in the coming days.

"I'm just excited to get back with the team. I've been playing lacrosse and have not really had a chance to do a lot with my teammates. We have a lot of speed and depth coming back this fall and in our program we all care about each other and want to play for each other. It brings out the best in all of us."

While the Spartans have caught his eye, Sean Duggan is going to be a player they'll have to really work hard in getting a verbal pledge from. But with the success of a certain Spartan linebacker from his hometown, Duggan knows success can be had in the Green & White.

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