Since the start of 2018, Washington (IL) Community 2019 offensive lineman J.J. Guedet has been of the fastest rising prospects in the Midwest as he’s landed offers from several Division 1 programs, including offers from Illinois and Minnesota.
Spartan Nation caught up with the 6-foot-8, 245-pound offensive tackle to talk about his recruitment, which Guedet said is something he’s enjoying at the moment.
“It’s been really exciting,” he said. “Busy, but exciting to get to go and talk to a bunch of people and meeting a bunch of these coaches. It’s been really cool.”
Along with his offers from Minnesota and Illinois, Guedet has been offered by Central Michigan, Miami (OH) and Ball State.
Guedet’s fast rise on the recruiting scene comes on the heels of an impressive junior season and credited his improved footwork for his strong 2017 season.
“I spent a lot of time on that,” he said. “It was a big thing I worried about, I messed up a lot during my sophomore year and that was a big problem that I had. I worked with my coaches and did a lot of drill work and ladder stuff to fix it.”
While he doesn’t hold an offer from #15 Michigan State as of yet, Guedet said that an offer from the Spartans would be a welcome one and also noted that he’s is considering anything and everything at the moment.
“Everything is on the table right now,” he said. “I’m enjoying the process and we’ll eventually see where it goes, but that would be big.”
Guedet also said that if he were to receive an offer to Michigan State’s elite camp this summer, it would be one he’d be interested in attending.
With six offers already in hand and several more likely to be extended in the not-so-distant future, Guedet said this is all something that he’s worked for and has envisioned himself playing high-level college football for some time.
“I grew up with it with my dad,” he said. “It’s just something that I’ve dreamed about, playing at a big-time school.”
But with another year left at the high school level before he takes the next step in his career, Guedet said he hopes to make similar improvements to the ones he made before his junior season as he prepares for his senior campaign.
“Hopefully make the same step that I made last year,” he said. “I’m trying to get that much better and if that happens, I think I’ll be in good business there.”
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