MSU sets the bar high for Hedelin

MSU sets the bar high for Hedelin

Junior college offensive tackle takes first official visit to East Lansing and left with good things to say about the Michigan State program. What was the highlight and where will he head next?

Michigan State has brought in a junior college recruit in each of the past four seasons and is looking to do it again with City College of San Francisco's David Hedelin.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive tackle visited East Lansing last weekend and said the visit was beyond his expectations.

"It is very hard to compare to other schools, of course, but this was higher than my expectations," he said. "It was very good service with everything compared to junior college."

The native of Sweden said he expected a degree of arrogance from a high level Division 1 program, but was pleasantly surprised to see that wasn't the case.

"I expected the people to be more arrogant, I think, but they weren't," he said. "The people were the biggest positive thing about my visit. They were very friendly, the coaches and players, everyone was very, very welcoming."

He spent time talking with all the coaches and saw the Spartans take down Indiana 42-28 behind strong offensive line play.

"The offensive play was good," he said. "They played good and the rotated nine guys, which is good. They won and they rotated and all that. I think I definitely could help make some improvements on the line."

Hedelin came to the United States to play football last June after playing four years of football in Sweden. He said he talked with coach Mark Dantonio about a lot of things, including his background.

"We talked about my background and the academics and about the school and what they want the program to look like," he said. "Coach Dantonio is definitely a very cool guy, very calm."

Next, Hedelin will look to visit Oregon on his next bye week. He also hopes to set up official visits to Oklahoma, Ohio State, Oregon State and Nebraska.

But he said MSU set the standard for the rest of his visits.

"It set a high bar," he said.

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