January 14, 2013

Hirschfeld impressed with time in Spartan Country

One of the top recruits in the Midwest for the class of 2014 is defensive lineman Billy Hirschfeld of Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound prospect was in East Lansing for the Spartan Junior Day on Sunday. Find out his thoughts about his time on campus.

Hirschfeld already has an impressive list of scholarships which includes Big Ten powers such as Michigan State, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Numerous other Big Ten schools such as Nebraska, Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern are also actively involved. Spartan Coach Brad Salem has been very active in Hirschfield's recruitment and he and the entire coaching staff was excited to have him on campus. Hirschfeld talked about his experience.
"It was great," Hirschfeld said. "The coaches came up to me right away as soon as I walked into the facility and I got to talk with each one of them for a good amount of time. We took a tour of the campus and I liked how everything was close each other."

As SpartanMag.com indicated last week, Hirschfeld is a plan A recruit for the Spartans in 2014 and you can be sure they are hoping to have him back on campus later this spring to check out the Green and White game.

Under the direction of Head Coach Mark Dantonio and Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State has developed one of the most dominant defenses in the entire nation. Much of that success is predicated on the defensive line being not only assignments sound, but having the ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. We asked Hirschfeld what type of role the coaching staff environs him playing if he decides to become a Spartan.

"Yes, they talked with me about playing the 3 technique inside and disrupting the run," he stated. "The also said that they like that I am big, strong, fast for my size and that I have good footwork too."

The 3-technique position is for all intents and purposes the position that is responsible for creating the most disruption. Jerel Worthy excelled at that spot and the Spartans rotated several quality players in and out of there this year depending on down and distance. In a perfect world you can leave one player in there no matter what the situation, that is why Hirschfeld is a play the staff is so high on.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow Hirschfeld's recruitment in the coming weeks. Behind the efforts of Coach Brad Salem the Spartans have accumulated some quality talent from the state of Wisconsin. Trae Waynes and Mark Scarpinato are moving up the depth chart and the staff is excited about 2013 commitment R.J. Shelton possibly making an early impact. You can be sure Coach Salem will be in frequent contact with Hirschfeld throughout the coming months.

Matt Dorsey's Take: Getting Hirschfled out of Wisconsin will not be easy, but it won't be for a lack of effort on the part of Michigan State if he decides to stay close to home. The Spartans and Badgers have had the best rivalry in the Big Ten the past 5 years, it should only make sense that they would bang heads oer a quality player like Hirschfeld.

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