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Patrick Panasiuk always has been the odd sibling out.
While older brothers Mike (a Michigan State freshman) and Jacub (a Michigan State signee) attended school a grade apart, Patrick is a sophomore. While they bickered and brawled, Patrick played the role of peacemaker. While they played along the defensive line, Patrick looks destined to be an offensive lineman.
“Mike and Jacub were always more explosive than I was,” the youngest Panasiuk told Land of 10. “That’s why they always played D-line. I played D-line to fill in the gaps when I needed to take on the double team, but otherwise, they’re just more explosive than I am. That’s what I’m working on.”
Like his brothers, Panasiuk possesses Division I size. He already stands 6-foot-2, 280 pounds, with more than two years to add size before he gets to college. He looks headed for a spot as an interior lineman, but on what side of the ball?
“I don’t really have any preferences,” he said. “I like D-line. I like O-line. But I see myself more as an O-lineman.”
It’s so early, though, that not even his Lake Park (Ill.) coach knows what to expect. Said Chris Roll, “Two years from now, he could be an all-state defensive tackle. I don’t even know it.”
His college future looks a little more predictable — at least from the outside. With his brothers at Michigan State, it would surprise no one if he ended up in East Lansing.
But that possibility depends on an offer. A hyperextended elbow kept Panasiuk from seeing a lot of action with the varsity team during his sophomore year, so the Spartans will need to get a better look. He has been in contact, though.
“They can’t really offer me or anything yet, but hopefully that’s what can happen,” he said. “I’ve talked to coach [Ron] Burton and coach [Brad] Salem about going up there and visiting, and they’re always welcome to have me up there.”
— Patrick Panasiuk (@patrickegvh) June 2, 2016
Added Roll, “They just need to wait to make sure that he’s ready. And I think there’s no doubt that if he’s capable, he’ll get an offer.”
His parents would love for him to end up at Michigan State. Both have movable jobs and have considered moving to East Lansing once Panasiuk finishes high school.
Panasiuk doesn’t want to put himself in a box, even though he hasn’t yet received much recruiting interest outside of Michigan State. Once it comes along, he’ll take everything into consideration.
“It’d be an awesome experience just because Mike and Jacub are going to be up there,” he said. “But, otherwise, I’m open to anything because I’m just starting my recruiting process. I’m not really set on anything.”
Elsewhere on the lines
Michigan State has made significant progress in 2018 recruiting so far, landing a quarterback, tight end and a pair of defensive backs. But it has a bit of work to do in the trenches.
Keep an eye on Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati) defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins, a 3-star junior per the 247Sports composite. He indicated on Twitter that it won’t be long before he makes a decision.
Commitment day is sneaking up… ?
— Aeneas Hawkins (@King_Hawk92) March 10, 2017
The chances of Michigan State landing him seem slim; however, the Spartans offered and have built a longstanding pipeline from Moeller. Four-star Crusaders tight end Matt Dotson will arrive on campus in the summer.
Who else looks like a possibility? One of the highest priorities has to be 4-star Fairfield (Ohio) defensive end Malik Vann. The Spartans already have one of his teammates, early-enrollee Josiah Scott, and have to feel good about landing Vann as well.
On offense, Michigan State likely will push for a commitment from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman 3-star guard Jacob Isaia. The grandson of Spartans legend Bob Apisa, he has a long history with Michigan State.
Where do they rank?
Michigan State has four 2018 commitments in the cycle: two 4-star and two 3-star prospects. Earlier Friday, that would’ve been good for fourth in the 247Sports composite Big Ten rankings.
But big days for Minnesota and Northwestern have dropped the Spartans to sixth. Similarly, they’ve moved from 18th to 20th in the national rankings, one spot ahead of Michigan.
The current rankings serve more as an indicator of how many commits a team has reeled in rather than the talent level of the individuals. But Michigan State finds itself in good shape with early commitments from quarterback Theo Day, tight end Trenton Gillison and defensive backs Xavier Henderson and Christian Jackson.