19 WI OL Ben Hoitink Talks Michigan State
As he prepares for his senior season of football at the high school level, Slinger (WI) 2019 3-star offensive lineman Ben Hoitink has received several offers since the beginning of 2018 and has received interest from a handful of other schools, including #5 Michigan State in recent months.
Hoitink recently spoke with Spartan Nation about his recruitment and said that he’s enjoying the attention he’s received since the contact period reopened.
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“This past couple of weeks in the contact period has been pretty crazy,” he said. “But it’s been pretty enjoyable and I like it a lot.”
So far in the recruiting process, Hoitink holds nine offers, including offers from Kent State, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Buffalo and Brown and has also received interest from Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan State and Wisconsin as well.
But don’t mistake the massive and powerful Hoitink as just a football player. As a great of an athlete, as he is, he is a super young man who was raised by a family that clearly was more focused on raising a great person over a great football player. They raised both. As an intimidator and a dominator on the football field, the young star is gregarious and warm and is as kind off the field as he is mean on it.
When it comes to Michigan State, the 6-foot-4, 320-pound offensive lineman admitted that he was a bit surprised to be hearing from the Spartans and said he enjoyed his opportunity to speak with quarterbacks coach Brad Salem when he stopped by Hoitink’s school recently.
“At first, yeah, because I’ve received some emails about camps, but I hadn’t had any direct coach contacts,” he said. “But it was great to hear from coach Salem.”
The powerful Hoitink was only able to speak with Salem, he said that he got the impression that the Spartans have some serious interest in him and hopes to continue speaking with Salem moving forward.
“He’s a great guy,” he said. “From the little that I got to talk to him and from what my coach told me, he seemed pretty interested and I’ll just be keeping in touch with him.”
While nothing is set in stone, Hoitink said that Michigan State is at the top of the schools where he’d like to camp at this summer and would like to take a visit to East Lansing as well.
Hoitink, who grew up a fan of Wisconsin, said that he thinks Michigan State is a school that could offer what he is looking for from an athletic and academic standpoint and would seriously consider the Spartans if they were to extend an offer to him.
“Obviously, they have a great combination of academics and athletics, especially with their football team and its history of just dominating,” he said. “It’d be great to be a part of that program.”
When it comes to what he can do on the football field, Hoitink told Spartan Nation that he’s been told by college coaches that his aggressive style of play is something that stands out most and later added that he feels he would be best-suited playing on the interior offensive line when he reaches the college level.
“A lot of the coaches I talk to tell me that they like the way that I play aggressive and finish my blocks,” he said. “That’s what I think I do best, just hammering people.”
“I think playing interior would be the best fit for me, just with my height,” Hoitink added. “I also want to try out center.”
But with about another year left before National Signing Day for the 2019 class, Hoitink said that he’d like to commit before the start of his senior season, but remains focused on finding the best school for him academically and athletically.
“I’m looking for the best academic school at the highest level of football possible,” he said. “A program that is looking to build and not worry about their past, but trying to build for the future, that’s mainly what I try and look for.”
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