Lackawanna College linebacker looks to fill the void with senior Richie Brown moving on after the season.

Mississippi State will see their leading tackler, Richie Brown, move on after the Bulldogs' Bowl game next month. The State coaching staff is on the road looking for talented reinforcements. With needs at linebacker, Coach Peter Sirmon may have found a potential replacement for his outgoing middle linebacker in junior college standout Shane Schuback.

"I talked with Coach Sirmon last week and we got everything set up for me to take my visit there the weekend of December 9th," Shane Schuback said. "We talked about everything and got everything handled. We figured that would be a good time for me to come down and the look around."

Lackawanna finished the 2016 season with a perfect record of 10-0. As a result of their tremendous on the field success, the Falcons will play in the Valley of the Sun Bowl against Mesa Community College this Saturday, December 3rd.

With plans to sign on December 14th, Schuback is having to be a bit creative with his official visit schedule.

"The weekend I am going to Mississippi State is like my only weekend," Schuback said. "New Mexico has been talking to me about taking a visit out to see them after I go to to State. I am trying to work all of that out.

"I went to Penn State last weekend on an unofficial visit and West Virginia has invited me in this weekend for their game against Baylor. I haven't heard a lot from Penn State, but West Virginia is always telling my coach that they want me to come to their games.

"I am waiting to see what all happens, but right now I know Mississippi State and New Mexico want me to take official visits there."

Over the course of the recruiting process, Schuback has learned a lot about what the Bulldogs of Mississippi State are looking for should they elect to sign him. The hard nosed linebacker reports that he understands he would have a role to play.

"I understand what schools want from junior college players," Schuback said. "I know that Mississippi State would need me to come in and play, while they got a foundational guy ready. They could use a junior college player to fill that role, while a four year guy learns and develops. I know that's what my role would be.

"I have watched Richie play the position and I feel like he and I are very similar. I believe I could go in and make plays for that defense,"

Mississippi State has had an up and down season this fall. Schuback, but are expected to earn a seventh consecutive bowl big thanks in part to their Academic Progress Report scoring. Schuback reports that he has enjoyed getting to see the Bulldogs improve over the course of what was expected to be a transition year.

"It's amazing to see how far they have come from losing to South Alabama to smacking Ole Miss around and making that game look like a basketball score on ESPN," Schuback said. "I am really excited to see how the team does next year. 

"I just want to get down there on my visit and see how things go. I haven't really had the chance to meet everybody or see anything, so I am looking forward to that."

Schuback is currently third on his team in tackles with 54 personnel stops, second in tackles for loss (12.5) and has recorded 5.5 sacks. Always around the ball, Schuback has recovered a remarkable six fumbles, picked off a pass and broken up another. 

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