Future Spartan leading Western's line play

Michigan State University is anxious to have Luis Fonseca on its offensive line when he reports to East Lansing in 2004.

But for now, Walled Lake Western is counting heavily on its 6-foot, 275-pound senior right guard to plow open a lot of holes in their offensive line.

"If we're going to be good this year, we'll need to rely on Luis," said Walled Lake Western coach Mike Zdebski.

Fonseca decided to commit to Michigan State July 26. He had also seriously consider Toledo. Fonseca actually expects to be redshirted in 2004 and will start his collegiate career in 2005.

"Michigan State is close to home. And it's Big Ten football," Fonseca said. ‘I really liked their coaching staff."

Fonseca is in his third varsity year with Walled Lake Western.

"I think I've improved a lot from last year," he said. "I've got a lot of experience and I've learned a lot. In pass protection, run blocking and pretty much everything, I've really improved I learned a lot over the summer."

In his final prep football year, Fonseca hopes to start setting the stage for his future college career.

"I'll try to be a leader on this team as much as possible. I'd like to keep learning and work on my speed. I want to learn as much as possible."

Ironically, Fonseca was trying out for the soccer team a few years ago.

"One of the football coaches saw me and wanted to know if I wanted to play football. I tried out and made it," he said.

This is the first season Fonseca, considered very athletic, is playing defense on the line. He's considering an excellent pulling guard in Western's wing-T offense. His team is off to a 1-1 start.

‘We should do very well and should make the state playoffs," Fonseca said.

"We're looking very good right now. Our offensive line should be strong. Both wide receivers are back. We should be very strong offensively. We have a lot of guys going both ways. I'm looking at that positively."


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