Thuney Looked To Open Some Eyes

With three offers under his belt, Ohio offensive lineman Joe Thuney looked to open the eyes of the Michigan State coaching staff. Spartan Digest caught up with Thuney for the latest on his camp visit.

At 6-foot-5, 235-pounds Joe Thuney of Kettering (Ohio) Alter High School doesn't look like a top level future college offensive lineman. But if you look deeper you'll see why Vanderbilt, Buffalo and Youngstown State have each offered.

How was Joe's trip to Michigan State?

"It was good. It was my first camp wearing a helmet. Camp was great and I liked it a lot."

Because he's also a member of the Knights basketball program, Thuney has seen his weight gain struggle to reach the level most college coaches would like. But because of his ability and the fact he'll soon be a football player 100% of the time, they see a under the radar prospect with a super high ceiling. What did the Michigan State coaches say after camp?

"The coaches said they really liked what they saw and are going to look over the film and keep looking at what I'm doing. They said they we're impressed but not ready to offer a scholarship just yet."

Knowing there is a chance to earn a scholarship with a strong showing the first couple of week into his senior season has Joe thinking about his options.

"Michigan State is a great school with great tradition. My coach is going to talk with the Michigan State coaches about their interest and I'm calling Coach (Mark) Staten tonight to see where things stand. I'd love to make my commitment prior to my senior season, but if there is a chance to earn a scholarship from Michigan State, I might delay it a few weeks to find out."

Looking hard at the academic side of recruiting, Joe Thuney is looking at all of his options. While he knows he'll need to add weight, the ability to move his feet and run in the 4.9 range makes him a player of high interest.

Spartan Digest will continue to follow Joe in the coming weeks as his recruiting journey continues to unfold.


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