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Spring break comes at the end of the month for L’anse Creuse North High in Macomb, Mich., but Myles McHaney got started early with a day off Tuesday.
He spent it visiting the Michigan State campus, one of several visits he has taken just this year. The junior defensive end / receiver came in with teammate Blake Daniels, a 2018 quarterback, and a younger teammate to see the Spartans’ spring practice.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound McHaney took in offensive and defensive drills, 1-on-1s and 2-on-2s, “basic practice stuff” as he called it. But he was struck by how the team went about it all.
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“I love how intense their practices were,” he said. “Everyone’s getting along and picking each other up. If someone messes up on a rep, someone’s right there to pick them up.”
McHaney and his teammates got plenty of attention from the staff since they chose to come in during a weekday — certainly not an active time for recruiting. He spoke with Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio a few times throughout and saw a coach who would be mostly laid back but ready to get on his players if he saw something wrong.
The majority of McHaney’s contact with the Spartans has gone through recruiting coordinator Brad Salem. They have kept in touch largely via social media, but McHaney left Tuesday with Salem’s number and anticipates the communication becoming more open.
“He’s real cool,” McHaney said of Salem. “He’s real nice. Every time I come up there, he makes me feel welcome, like I belong there.”
McHaney has been recruited on offense (likely at wide receiver) by Toledo, where he plans to visit for a spring practice. Most schools, though, like him on the defensive side of the ball.
He has the height for the defensive line and could potentially end up there should he add the weight. He had a conversation with the Michigan State staff about his on-field future.
“They asked me what position I think I should play,” McHaney said. “I said outside linebacker. But they said they’re recruiting me as an athlete because I’m gonna grow some more and get stronger.”
To McHaney, everything stands out about Michigan State. But while most players want to see the field as early as possible, he was impressed by the staff’s commitment to keeping players off the field until they’re truly ready to play.
His lone offer thus far comes from Central Michigan, but with camp season coming up, he hopes to add more. He continues to get up on campus as much as possible in the hopes of potentially getting one from Michigan State.
“They said it’s a process,” McHaney said. “Every time I come up on campus, it’s building a relationship. They want me to keep coming up, keep building a relationship, keep making it stronger and then hopefully in the near future, they’ll offer me.”
He has been working diligently with a trainer to improve his flexibility, his footwork, his speed and more. Many MAC schools — as well as Iowa, Iowa State, Notre Dame and Penn State — have shown interest, and he’ll look into camping with as many as he can.
Any visits he takes will also offer him the chance to get a better idea of where he’ll fit best.
“If I’m gonna be spending my next four years there, I want to go to a school that’s gonna really make me feel like I’m at home,” McHaney said. “The people around make me a better person, and every day that I’m competing, I want to be competing against the best guys. That will make me the best player I can be.”
Michigan State offers sophomore lineman
The Spartans have doled out an offer to 2019 OL Keiondre Jones, the Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway High standout announced Wednesday.
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Jones also holds offers from, among others, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee. 247Sports rates him the No. 1 sophomore OG in the country.