June 7, 2012

Gourdine getting his due

One of the prospects that has seen his recruiting stock steadily rise this spring is Isaiah Gourdine of Farmington High School in Michigan. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect has over half a dozen scholarship offers and more could be coming his way soon. SpartanMag.com has the latest.

Every year some prospects get a lot of hype while other just quietly pick up scholarship offers. That is the case with Gourdine who during the spring evaluation period was visited by a host of MAC and BCS schools and has picked up offers from several of them. He updated us on his current list of scholarship and the school showing him a significant amount of interest.

"I have offers from Bowling Green, Ball state, Eastern Michigan, Cincinnati, San Diego State, Iowa and Indiana," Gourdine said. "Michigan State, West Virginia and Western Michigan have shown interest as well.

With 3 BCS offers on the table, Gourdine is one several in-state defensive backs that Michigan State is seriously evaluating for the class of 2013. We asked him about his thoughts on the Spartans

"I like Michigan State a lot," he said. I have been up there 2 times. I have spoken with Coach Barnett and Coach Salem. They have said they want me at camp and if I do well there they could offer me."

The Spartans are looking to add at least 1 safety to the class and Gourdine's size and tackling ability is what has him high on the evaluation list. It may simply be a situation of showing his speed, quickness and ability to change direction in order for him to garner an offer from Head Coach mark Dantonio.

Coach Dantonio's background is at the defensive back position and an argument could be made that the Spartans are more selective at that spot than any other. The fact that the All-Big Ten team has been loaded with Spartans defensive backs shows that the staff is doing something right. Players like Trenton Robinson, Chris Rucker and Darqueze Dennard did not come to Michigan State with a lot of recruiting hype, but have excelled in the Spartan scheme.

Gourdine talked about what he is looking for in a school and when he would like to make his college choice.

"I'm going to make my decision before the football season starts, so I can focus on my season and school. I want to go to a place where you feel like you are part of a family."

Gourdine has a busy next few weeks ahead of him. In addition to attending the Michigan state Camp, Gourdine also plans on stopping into Indiana, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, and Notre Dame. It is not out of the question that he could add to his offer list by the end of June.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep an eye out for Gourdine at the Michigan State Elite Player Camp. He will certainly be a player the staff watches closely. The fact that several other quality defensive backs will be on campus sat the same time should provide for not only excellent completion, but quality evaluation as well.

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