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Jack Plumb has plenty of options.
The Bay Port (Green Bay, Wis.) senior has been recruited for football as both a tight end and offensive tackle. As a 6-foot-8 star on the basketball court, he has picked up offers from in-state Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. So what’s it going to be?
“I want to play football,” Plumb said, “but I don’t really care what position I play.”
The next challenge will be cutting down his football options. Though he has more than 10 offers, his dream long has been to play in the Big Ten. Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin had offered.
Then Michigan State came along.
Quarterbacks coach Brad Salem visited him in early May, then reached out to him again last week. On Wednesday, he communicated with Spartans coach Mark Dantonio.
“He said he watched my film and really liked what he saw,” Plumb said. “He said he loved that I have good feet, I’m athletic, I can bend well and I showed toughness on my film. He said, ‘We feel like you’d fit our style of play really well, so we’re going to offer you.’ ”
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The offer stood out because of Plumb’s lineage connecting him to Michigan State. His mother attended grad school there, and his second cousin, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, both played and coached there.
“I was super happy,” Plumb said. “It means a lot getting that one with all the connections I have over there, and obviously being another Big Ten school.”
But he’s also got connections to others on his list. He’d be near Shurmur at Minnesota. And as a Wisconsinite, he long has rooted for the Badgers.
Should he choose Michigan State, Plumb likely would start at tight end, then transition to offensive tackle as he grows into the role. He weighs 245 pounds.
Plumb has visited the other three Big Ten schools that have offered, but not Michigan State . He said he will “definitely” try to plan a trip, especially since his mom would like to revisit campus.
The drive there take more than seven hours. Nothing is easy to get to from Green Bay. But it’s necessary to get a sense of where he belongs.
“I want to have a good relationship with the coaching staff and the other players on the team,” Plumb said. “I want to be able to get a good education at this school. And I want to be able to win some games as well. Those are my top three things I look for in a school.”