Spartans Covet Versatile Big Man

Dan France

With 17 offers from conferences around the country, this North Royalton student-athlete sits in a great position in the middle of the recruiting season. GSN caught up with the O-line/D-line athlete to find out what he thinks about Michigan State and when he might make a decision.

Dan France is a 6-foot-6, 260-pound lineman with 17 offers from all over the country—the Big Ten, Pac 10, SEC, ACC, and a few other conferences in between.

Michigan State and other Midwestern schools, such as Northwestern, Indiana and Iowa, might have an advantage due to proximity, however France has not spent a lot of time playing favorites.

"I haven't really narrowed it down yet," he said.

One reason for that might be the increasing interest surrounding the North Royalton (southwest of Cleveland) product. He came to the Spartan game against Indiana last season, a rousing homecoming victory under the lights, and felt a little like a face in the crowd.

"I don't think they really knew about me," he said.

They know now. The versatile athlete is getting interest for both the offensive and defensive lines as his stock rises.

Before a recent camp at Michigan State, France told GSN the Spartan coaching staff planned to work him out at various positions.

"Depending on how I do, they're going to put me at offensive tackle, tight end and defensive end," he said.

In a perfect world, France would slot himself at defensive end, an exciting position with the dual responsibilities of pass rushing and run containment.

France says a decision should come sometime this year, likely during the season in September or October. Official visits may play a role in his choice, although he's not sure where he will travel to.

And Michigan State might be gaining ground, thanks to the help of a recent commit. Nate Klatt, a top Ohio center from Canal Fulton, has sent France some text messages recently. The texts, France says, are helpful in that he knows he has a fellow recruit he can go to for more information about the Spartans.

Stay tuned to GSN for an update on France's trip to East Lansing, where he hoped to get a better feel for the coaching staff.

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