Although his recruitment has taken off in recent months, Strongsville (OH) 2019 offensive lineman J.D. Duplain was still patiently waiting for an offer from #5 Michigan State, a school he’s liked since childhood. We wrote about him last week and his patience. It has now paid off.
Spartan Nation spoke with Duplain (who is one of the nation’s elite interior offensive lineman) after he received his offer and the 6-foot-5, 295-pound interior lineman said that after speaking with Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten last week, he felt that he could be on the verge of receiving an offer from head coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartans.
“A couple of nights before, I had a good talk with the offensive line coach and he said that I’d be talking to coach Dantonio soon, so I thought that was a pretty good sign,” he said. “When I talked to him (Dantonio) he told me the news and I was really excited.”
After learning of his offer from Dantonio, Duplain said that he celebrated a bit with his father, who is also a bit of a Michigan State fan and a former college football player himself, playing on the offensive line at Kent State.
“It was amazing,” he said. “We were both really excited because he’s always liked Michigan State too. It was a great moment.”
Along with his offer from Michigan State, Duplain holds offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, Maryland, Boston College, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Rutgers, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Missouri, Vanderbilt and several others.
Duplain took his first visit to Michigan State last fall and made a return visit this spring for the annual Green and White Spring Game and said that he’s grown more and more fond of East Lansing during those trips.
“I just always liked them as a kid,” he said. “I have visited there twice now, went to a game and then I went to the spring game not that long ago and both times, I’ve come to like them more and more. I got to see the facilities and I got to be around the coaches and I really like it there.”
After seeing all of the facilities on campus, Duplain said that he came away impressed with the weight room as well as the indoor practice field and Spartan Stadium.
“It’s top of the line,” he said. “They have one of the biggest weight rooms in college football, I’m sure. They have a full indoor facility, indoor practice field and the stadium is too cool. I love it.”
While nothing is set in stone, Duplain also noted that he plans on camping at Michigan State next month.
Duplain, who said that he’d like to make his decision at the end of June or at the beginning of July, said that the Michigan State coaching staff has told him that they like his style of play and the type of athleticism he brings for being a lineman.
“They like how I play,” he said. “They think that I’m a blue collar kid and that they like that I finish every play and they like my athleticism for an offensive lineman.”
Considering the fact that 2017 was Duplain’s first year as a starting offensive lineman at the high school level, the 3-star recruit isn’t content with all of the attention he’s gotten on the recruiting trail but remains focused on improving his game heading into his senior season.
“I would say just more experience, last year was my first year playing offensive line and everything was a little bit new to me,” he said. “But the more I play, the more comfortable I’ll get and I think I’ll grow and grow.”
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