Conklin Ready to be a Spartan

Conklin Ready to be a Spartan

Plainwell (Mich.) offensive tackle Jack Conklin talks about his commitment to Michigan State.

After football season was over, Jack Conklin grew nearly an inch to 6'6, and added 15-lbs of good weight to get to 295, and when Michigan State saw that combined with his senior highlights, they offered him a spot in their program.

Recently, Conklin took them up on that offer, and while he does not know exactly when he will be on scholarship, he does know that it will happen.

"They're not really sure right now if it's going to come from 2012 scholarships or 2013, because they're pretty low for 2012 and they have guys fighting for it now that are walk-ons. They said for sure by January, I'll have one."

Conklin was ready to go to Fork Union Military Academy, but the Spartan interest grew and in turn, his interest in them grew as well.

"Really, after I told them I was going to Fork Union, they started getting more interested. I went over for visits and the coaching staff was one of the best I've been around on my visits. I get along with Coach Staten and Coach Dantonio is a great guy. They're just the best coaches I've been around. It's a family atmosphere and I felt at home there."

The Spartan coaches were naturally very excited to hear the news they had added a big, athletic lineman, according to Conklin, and he says they also talked about the plan for him.

"I think they said right now, they know I'm going to play one of the tackles, but we're not sure yet. Right now, I just have to get into the program, go over in July for camp and work my way in starting on scout team and getting used to everything."

Conklin is a perfect example of the twists and turns of the recruiting process and how hard work and patience can pay off.

"Really, you go through the whole recruiting process not sure what's going to happen. I was going to go to prep school and had decided where I'm going to go and then this opportunity comes up. It's mind blowing that can happen. I'm really looking forward to being in state and playing for a team I've been around my whole life."

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