February 22, 2010

Showers checks out Spartans

One of the top rated prospects in Michigan for the class of 2011 is cornerback/running back Valdez Showers of Madison Heights Madison High School. SpartanMag.com ranked the 6-foot-0, 180-pound recruit one of the top ten players in our pre-season rankings. This past weekend he was in East Lansing for a Michigan State University Junior Day.

Showers had a busy weekend. On Thursday he was in Evanston checking out the Northwestern Wildcats. On Saturday he made a stop in Ann Arbor for the Wolverines Junior Day and on Sunday he was at Michigan State to check out the Spartan program.

Showers has seen his recruiting stock steadily rise the last few weeks and it looks like his lofty pre-season ranking by SpartanMag.com is on the money. Spartanmag.com asked Showers what teams have offered and which ones are showing heavy interest?

"I have offers from Northwestern and Toledo right now," he said. "I am also hearing from Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin a lot. Michigan is thinking about offering and Michigan State said they are feeling strong about an offer next time up when I meet with the head coach."

As was discussed on the SpartanMag.com Underground Bunker, Head coach mark Dantonio had to leave the Michigan State Junior Day apparently due to a medical situation of a close family friend. Coach Dantonio prefers to offer prospect in person and that will likely be the case with Showers.

As many know Showers got a lot of publicity for his performance on the offensive side of the ball (1525-yards and 20 TD's). However, defense seems to be the position most teams see him making the biggest impact and having a shot at being an early contributor.

"Michigan State and Michigan both like me as a cornerback. I think Wisconsin too. Northwestern has said they like me as a running back. It really doesn't matter to me. I am going back up to Michigan State for a spring practice so I can meet with the head coach."

SpartanMag.com asked showers what stood out to him about his visit to East Lansing?

"It went very well," he said. "I liked how the coaches were very straightforward with me. It is the biggest campus I have been on. I like the facilities and the academics set-up they have there. My mom liked it too."

Shower was one of several of the top in-state prospect on campus and he indicated that he was able to meet All-American linebacker prospect Lawrence Thomas of Detroit Renaissance while he was in East Lansing. Thomas.

Showers informed SpartanMag.com that he will be attending the Michigan showcase Combine which will be held next weekend in Ann Arbor. At that event Showers will get a chance to showcase his skills on both sides of the ball. Look for him to solidify himself as one of the states' best at that event.

Matt Dorsey's Take:

Michigan State did not address the cornerback position as well as they would have liked with the class of 2011. For that reason it is imperative that they get some players in for 2011 that could play as a true freshman if necessary. At 6-foot-0, Showers has the height that coach Dantonio prefers in the secondary. It would not surprise SpartanMag.com if Showers receives a Spartan offer later this spring.

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