December 14, 2010

Will Spartans offer Ohio OL?

This past summer Joe Thuney of Archbishop Alter High School in Dayton, Ohio was one of the top performing linemen at the Michigan State 1-Day Elite Camp. After an impressive senior season, he is on the short list of players the Spartans are taking a close look at for the class of 2011. caught up with Thuney and got the details on his recruitment.

Thuney just completed an outstanding senior season for Archbishop Alter. The Knights finished the season 11-3; losing in the semi-finals to eventual state champions Bishop Hartley by a score of 29-28. Fir his efforts on the field Thuney was named 2nd team All-State offensive line and Defensive player of the Year by the Dayton Dailey News.

His strong play this fall has caused numerous team to extend an offer to him, asked him about his scholarships.

"Georgia Tech, West Virginia, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt and Buffalo have all offered, he stated "I visited North Carolina State this past weekend."

The visit to Raleigh was Thuney's first official visit and the Wolfpack made a solid impression on the 6-foot-6, 245-pounder.

"The visit to North Carolina State went great; I got a chance to meet with some of the players and was impressed by how much the enjoyed playing for N.C. State. The coaching staff there is very experienced and truly cares for the individual player. It was a great experience"

Michigan State has been turning up the heat on Thuney's recruitment after getting a chance to evaluate his senior film and Thuney talked about the Spartans.

"I speak with Coach Staten, who coaches the tight ends and I am impressed with the program. I went to the camp over the summer and the whole staff works really well together and the facilities are great."

In addition to Michigan State, the Missouri Tigers and Boston College Eagles are also closely evaluating Thuney and could offer in the near future as well.

If there is a drawback on Thuney it would be the fact that he is currently only 245-pounds. However, at 6-foot-6, he has a frame to add quality size. A year at the training table and in the weight room is all it would take to get Thuney Big Ten/BCS size.

A positive in Thuney's recruitment is the fact that he is a strong student in the classroom. He currently carries a 4.2 GPA and has scored a 31 on his ACT. He is also the senior the Senior Class President at Archbishop Alter High School.

Thuney indicated that the Spartans are supposed to get back in contact with him very soon. It would not surprise if he receives a Michigan State scholarship offer in teh near future and the staff invites him up for an official visit in January. Thuney's talent on the football field coupled with his strong academics and character make him they type of player that is going to be an asset to whatever program he selects.

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