18 MI DT Tyler Carter Your Newest Lineman To Join Spartan Football
Although River Rouge 2018 defensive end Tyler Carter spent plenty of time mulling over his options and offers from the Division 2 and Division 3 ranks, the 6-foot-3, 260 pound standout ultimately jumped at the chance to play for a team he grew up a fan of as he accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the #5 Michigan State Spartans earlier this year.
Spartan Nation recently caught up with Carter to talk about his decision to pick Michigan State and he said that simply the chance to play for Michigan State was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
“My decision was between a lot of high Division 3 and high Division 2 schools,” he said. Michigan State came in late and it was a big opportunity for me and I just took it and I’m running with it now.”
Carter noted that when he made his decision to choose Michigan State final, there was plenty of surprise and excitement from his family.
“They were shocked and my dad was really excited,” he said. “He just told me to stay blessed and keep the opportunity and run with it and hope for the best and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Over the years, Michigan State has built a reputation of developing walk-on players into regular contributors on the roster who become scholarship players, most recently, defensive ends Kenny Willekes, who emerged as a key starter on the Spartan defense in 2017, and Dillon Alexander.
Carter cited Michigan State’s track record of developing walk-ons as a part of his decision to choose Michigan State and added that he’s been able to form a relationship with Willekes, who has offered to help him out when Carter arrives in East Lansing in June.
“Michigan State’s defensive end right now was actually a preferred walk-on and now he’s on scholarship and starting,” he said. “Me and him, we stay in contact because we’re both defensive linemen and he told me that when I get on campus if I need any help with the playbook or weight room, he’ll help me out.”
Another factor that played into Carter’s decision was the fact that he grew up a fan of the Spartans and admitted that Michigan State’s track record of sending the defensive lineman to the NFL is something that he’s admired in his years of being a Michigan State fan.
“I grew up a big Spartan fan,” he said. “Seeing Shilique Calhoun and other defensive linemen from Michigan State go to the league that was a big thing to be able to play for Michigan State.”
Michigan State Director of On-Campus Recruiting Butler Benton was the Michigan State coach who stayed in touch with Carter the most and has relayed to Carter that his high character and IQ on the football field are some of the traits that Michigan State likes most about the 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive lineman.
“Just my football leadership and IQ with me being a leader at River Rouge and becoming a varsity captain after transferring in,” he said. “He also liked my body size with me being 6-3, 260.”
Now that Carter is officially a Spartan, he said that he’s excited to see the work he’s put in pay off and also hopes to be a part of more Michigan State success in the years to come.
“It means a lot to know that I prepared myself for the last four years of my life to make my body ready and to be a Spartan and to exceed at that level,” he said. “And I hope to bring a national championship back to Michigan State.”
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