October 22, 2009

Cadogan looking forward to Spartan visit

This weekend Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartan staff will host Sherard Cadogan of Camden Catholic High school in New Jersey on an official visit. The 6-foot-3, 227-pound prospect has already taken 3 official visits and his visit to East Lansing will be his first time on Michigan State's campus. SpartanMag.com has some details about his recruitment.

Cadogan is one of the top big athlete recruits in the nation for the class of 2010. Rivals.com lists him as a 3-star recruit and the #22 player in New Jersey. That ranking seems a bit low considering the list of schools that have offered him and how hard top programs like Michigan State, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and South Carolina are after him. Cadogan has over 25 scholarship offer in total.

Cadogan has already visited West Virginia, Wisconsin and Pittsburgh. After visiting Michigan State, he will head down to South Carolina the weekend of November 14th to conclude his visits.

Spartanmag.com asked Cadogan about what he is looking forward to this weekend while h is in East Lansing. "I am really looking forward to seeing the campus," he said. "I also want to get to know some of the players and the coaches as well. I also want to learn more about the engineering program."

Cadogan has some good feeling about Michigan State University. He told SpartanMag.com's Paul Day the following back in September "My dad went down there (to the state of Michigan) for college. But he didn't go to Michigan State; he went to Ferris State. He said (East Lansing) is a great town...He said it's a great campus and a great town and everything like that. So that's some of the reasons why I want take an official."

One of the reasons the Spartans like Cadogan so much is that he is so versatile that he could play on either side of the ball. Offensive Coordinator Don Treadwell and Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi will likely be having several "discussions" about where a player like Cadogan could project if he does end up in Green and White.

Coach Dantonio has shown in the past with players like Kellen Freeman-Davis that he is not afraid to allow athletes make plays on both sides of the ball. Current tight end Dion Sims has been taking some reps at defensive end in practice.

Cadogan indicated that he does not plan on making a final decision until he takes all five of his official visits. After that he intends on sitting down with his family and making his choice. His decision will come down to several factors; the most important which will be how comfortable he feels about the academics and athletics of the college.

Cadogan is enjoying a fine senior year for Camden Catholic High school. Interestingly, the teachers at his school are currently on strike, but that has not stopped the football team from continuing their season. "We have still been practicing and getting ready for Friday's game," he said. "Right now we are 3-2. We have a young team and we are just working on getting better.

Cadogan will be flying into Michigan State on Saturday morning. Coach Narduzzi serves as the primary recruiter of Cadogan for Michigan State. The Spartans identified Cadogan early on as a player they wanted to add to the class and have been actively recruiting him since early last spring.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Cadogan after this weekend visit. Michigan State is very tight on scholarships and a player like Cadogan, who could project at multiple positions, would be an excellent addition to a class that is once again shaping up to be one of the best in the Big Ten.

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