While it’s still early in the recruiting process for Brownsburg (IN) 2020 defensive tackle Dane Middlebrook Jr., he has continued to draw interest from several top schools, including #15 Michigan State and told Spartan Nation that he considers the Spartans to be one of his top three choices.
“Michigan State is one of my top three schools,” Middlebrook said in a recent interview. “I feel like if Michigan State offers me, they would definitely be one of my choices to go to.”
Along with Michigan State, Middlebrook also said that he considers Alabama and Cincinnati to be in his top three as well.
While Middlebrook is a top target of the Spartans in the 2020 class, the Michigan State coaching staff is not able to talk with him unless he comes on a visit to East Lansing because he is still only a sophomore. Middlebrook did say that the Michigan State coaching staff has been keeping in touch with his high school coaches and paid a visit to Brownsburg back in September.
Middlebrook was last on campus in East Lansing for the Big Man Camp last summer and said that he felt he performed well and plans to camp at Michigan State once again this year.
“Personally, I think I did well,” he said. “I did a very good job, I impressed a whole bunch of coaches and I did what I was supposed to do.”
In his time interacting with the Spartans coaching staff when he camped at Michigan State, Middlebrook said that defensive tackles coach Ron Burton and head coach Mark Dantonio made a big impression on him.
“I like the campus, I like the football team, their coaches – the D-line coach, I met, I love him the most, and their head coach,” he said.
Middlebrook also said that he felt right at home when he was on campus and came away impressed with the facilities, specifically the weight room along with strength and conditioning coach Ken Mannie.
“My first impression when I went up there was ‘Man, I have to be here’,” he said. “As soon as I went in the weight room, I fell in love with that. After I met the weightlifting coach, I fell in love with him. Just the environment and people who were around me, they just made me feel like I was home again.”
When hearing from college coaches throughout his recruitment, Middlebrook said that he’s been told that his ability to get off the ball and pressure the quarterback is what stands out most about him, but also noted that he wants to continue improving on how quickly he can get into the backfield.
“They like my explosiveness, my hands, my feet,” he said. “Just the way I explode off the ball, the way I get back to the quarterback and how I get back to the quarterback, that’s what they like about me.”
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