Heath Happy To Be A Spartan

Cincinnati, Ohio is proving to be a nice pipeline for Michigan State. While the numbers of players coming from the Queen City may not be huge, the quality of player is extremely high. Joel Heath is the latest product to pledge to Mark Dantonio.

At 6-foot-6, 255-pounds, Joel Heath had his share of suitors looking to secure his football talent. In the end, Mark Dantonio and his staff did the work and got Heath's verbal pledge on this first day of July.

"I did it today," Heath told Spartan Digest. "I spoke with Coach Barnett and some of the defensive coaches today around 12:15. They were all excited about me making my commitment. Coach Dantonio wasn't available when I called, but I'll be calling him tonight and speaking with him."

Despite offers from Minnesota, and North Carolina State to name a few, Heath remembered the Spartans being first.

"I've been thinking about doing this (committing) for awhile now. My high school coach told me to hold off seeing if any other teams offered before making my decision. After looking at those who offered me I felt Michigan State was there recruiting me first and I really wanted to play in the Big Ten."

With a couple of other Southwest Ohio natives on the Spartans roster, Heath had a chance to learn firsthand about the Spartans program.

"I've had a chance to speak with Greg Jones and Denicos Allen. My mother also had a chance to speak with them and learn about their experiences at Michigan State. Denicos played for my coach and said the Michigan State coaches were a lot like my high school coaches."

Heath will soon be making a return trip to campus and is looking forward to getting to work.

"I'll be going to Michigan State in about a week for camp to work out."

As for getting the weight off his shoulders, Heath knows his decision will allow him to enjoy and concentrate on a solid senior season.

"I'm really relieved now because I don't have to worry about a whole bunch of college coaches coming to my games and still recruiting me. Now all I need to do is worry about my senior season."

What should Spartan fans expect from Heath?

"I thing Michigan State fans should expect someone who will come into the program and compete that first year. I never quit and I always listen to my coaches."

Heath has proven some of his critics wrong who were worried about his academic standing.

"I finished the last quarter with a 3.4 GPA. I missed taking the test, but will be taking it the next time around."

Joel Heath is a major recruiting victory for Mark Dantonio and his staff. Keeping a connection with the Cincinnati and Southwest area of Ohio is very important in the future. Heath, much like Great Jones will prove to be a solid recruiter for players from the area in the future.


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