July 27, 2011
Spartans offer Brother Rice linebacker
A few weeks ago linebacker Jon Reschke of Brother Rice High school attended the Michigan State Elite Player 1-Day Camp. Despite being a year younger than most prospects he was one of the top performers on the day and SpartanMag.com included him on out HOT LIST of standout players. Find out the details
A few weeks ago linebacker Jon Reschke of Brother Rice High school attended the Michigan State Elite Player 1-Day Camp. Despite being a year younger than most prospects he was one of the top performers on the day and SpartanMag.com included him on out HOT LIST of standout players.
Earlier this week, Reschke received some good news when he was informed that he had a scholarship to attend Michigan State University. SpartanMag.com spoke with Reschke and got the detail on his offer from the Green and White.
"The offer came about because of how well I performed at their camp, Reschke said. Michigan State loved what they saw in me and they believe that I'm going to be able to fill in the footsteps of Max Bullough at the MLB position.
Last Friday Coach Dantonio called my coach, Coach Fracassa, they talked for a good amount of time and Coach Dantonio told him that I'll be receiving some big news next week. So I followed up with that and on Monday I called Coach Salem (RB coach/my recruiting coach), he put me on the phone with Coach Dantonio and right away he told me that I have a scholarship offer to come play football for him and the Spartans. The feeling was incredible, it truly was an honor."
Reschke is very familiar with the Spartan program. His father, Paul, played at Michigan State back in the late 1970's and the younger Reschke grew up following the Green and White.
At the Spartan Camp Reschke showed very well in both the drill and testing portion. SpartanMag.com was especially impressed with how he closed in and broke down on running backs in open space. We asked Reschke about his experience at the camp.
"I went to 5 camps this year and I took my game to another level at the MSU camp, he said. "The coaching staff loved my athleticism and my size. Coach Dantonio talked to me for a long time about how he thinks the opportunity is going to be perfect for me to come in and play early at the MLB position. My testing numbers were very good: I measured in at 6'2" 219.5 lbs, my forty was 4.69, vertical was 37 inches and my 3 cone was a 7.04."
Those numbers put Reschke is elite company from an athletic standpoint. The 3-cone drill time is especially impressive. Rarely do player get under 7 seconds and when they do they are often 175-pound receivers and defensive backs. The fact that somebody who is 220-pound can move that well laterally is impressive.
One interesting aspect about Reschke's recruitment is that he is very good friends with Michigan 2013 quarterback commitment Shane Morris. The two friends will certainly be receiving numerous accolades over the coming 18-months for their play and potential in college. We asked Reschke if he has talked with Morris recently.
"Yes, Shane's one of my best friends. I talk to him pretty much every day. When I told him that Michigan State offered, he was excited for me and proud of me. No matter what school it is, he'll always be happy for me. Of course Shane would love for me to come play with him at Michigan, but I'm pretty sure he also wants me to play where the right place is for me, whether it's Michigan State or Michigan or any other school that comes into play."
Often when players commit early they can help a team get involved and land other top prospects. A player like Reschke would certainly be a strong statement for the Spartans as far as recruiting for the class of 2013. We asked him if he is thinking of making an early decision.
"Well, yes the thought has come into my head," he said. "Coach Dantonio was telling me how the opportunity is there for me to come in and play MLB because of how Michigan State is not taking a middle linebacker in the class of 2012. It sounded very tempting of course. Right now I want to just focus on this season and go out and win a state championship with my team."
Middle linebacker Max Bullough is currently a sophomore at Michigan State. Reschke would be a freshman the year Bullough is a senior. Essentially a situation could be set up where just like Bullough followed All-American Greg Jones, Reschke could follow Bullough. In that case he would be a 3 or even 4-year starter depending on if he red-shirts.
If anything can be learned from the Mark Dantonio tenure at Michigan State it is that defense wins championships. Since taking over for John L. Smith, Coach Dantonio has made defensive recruiting a top priority. Players such as Jones, Bullough, Jerel Worthy, William Gholston, Chris Norman, Lawrence Thomas and 2012 commitment Se'von Pittman are all All-American level players and or recruits. Reschke could very well be in the same league by the time he arrives in college.
Spartanmag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of this outstanding prospect for the class of 2013.
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