Michigan State still holds Fein's interest

As program's change coaching staff's, players can sometimes get lost in the shuffle, and Scottsdale's Tony Fein can attest to that. When Michigan State fired John L. Smith, Fein thought he would have to look elsewhere to attend college, but the new staff has talked to the JC All-American linebacker and they are still in the hunt to get his letter of intent on February 7th.

"Coach (Mike) Tressel called me back in early December and we talked," Fein told JCFootball.com. "He's a great guy and he's Jim Tressel's nephew so I think he knows something about defense."

Fein tripped to East Lansing for the Spartans' heartbreaking loss to Notre Dame and to this date it's the only official visit he's made.

"Since I can't go out there, they're going to come and visit me out in Scottsdale," Fein said while still on his Christmas break at his family's home in Port Orchard, Washington. "Coach (Mark) Dantonio is also probably going to come out and see me as well.

"The fact that they are a defensive oriented staff and they've had some successes at other schools was pretty encouraging. The old staff ran a 4-2-5 scheme which would have been tough to play in, but this staff runs a true 4-3 and that totally fits me and my style. They want me to play MIK and that is where I'm most comfortable so they are definitely back in it."

Before the recruiting "dead period" Oregon made contact with Fein and put an offer on the table as well.

"I'll be talking to them in January and see what's up with them," Fein said. "They're a good school and they are a team that I feel I could come in and play for.

"Actually, I'm confident in my abilities and I think I can go almost anywhere and play early. I don't feel there's anyone that can keep me out of playing time if they let us compete."

Originally, Fein had planned to graduate in December and then enroll in the four-year school of his choice in January, but he was missing a class so he won't be eligible to graduate until May.

"That's probably why my recruiting slowed down a bit," Fein said. "I'll take my visits next month and finish up in May."

Nebraska, California and Oregon are the three schools likely to get a visit from Fein, but he said that isn't set in stone.

"Michigan State is up there and then I need to take some more visits," Fein said. "I might take them all or I might only take one. I'll just have to see how I feel."

We'll have more from Fein early next month after he sets up his next few visits.

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