It’s not often you see a player pass on a scholarship offer to a Big Ten school to walk on elsewhere.
But that’s what 2-star defensive tackle Joe Spivak did for the chance to play for Pat Fitzgerald. Spivak, who is from the Chicago suburbs, declined a scholarship offer from Michigan State — and some other FBS programs — to instead become a preferred walk-on at Northwestern. 247Sports detailed Spivak’s decision on Wednesday.
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Spivak committed to Northwestern in November and picked up a Michigan State offer more recently. Spivak — whose father was a walk-on at Illinois State — told 247Sports that his decision to stay with his Northwestern commitment surprised people around him.
The Spartans were not having a lot of luck on Wednesday morning. It was reported that 3-star DE Donovan Winter would not sign his letter of intent with Michigan State.
The Spartans had the No. 31 recruiting class in the nation as of 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, while Northwestern’s class was ranked No. 47.