February 1, 2010
Catholic Central's Palazeti commits to MSU
A little over a week ago SpartanMag.com did an update on fullback prospect Niko Palazeti of Detroit Catholic Central High School. We stated how Palazeti had a chance at earning a Spartan scholarship offer if some things played out a certain way. Earlier tonight Palazeti got the call from Head Coach Mark Dantonio and it did not take long for him to answer.
"Coach Dantonio called up and asked if I wanted to be a Spartan on full scholarship," he said. "I accepted right on the spot."
The Spartans have been keeping an eye on Palazeti throughout the fall and things really picked up when they realized they may have a few more scholarships spots available. The 6-foot-2, 243-pound Palazeti took an official visit to Michigan State this past weekend under the premise that he would likely be offered preferred walk-on status to start.
The commitment of Rashad Frazier to Purdue earlier today likely opened up a spot for Palazeti, and you can be sure he is going to make the most of it.
"I am honored to be a Spartan," Palazeti said. "It is a dream come true and I feel blessed."
Make no mistake about it, if there is a Spartan football god he is smiling at the addition of Palazeti. The physical runner/blocker epitomizes the style of play that Spartan football wants to be known for.
When SpartanMag.com asked Palazeti what he believes he will bring to the program, he stated the following:
"I hope to bring my work ethic and my toughness," he said. "I am excited about becoming part of the Michigan State tradition."
Palazeti went on to inform SpartanMag.com that many of his family members and friend are excited about his opportunity to be part of thw Spartan family. Plazeti's sister is already enrolled at Michigan State University.
Matt Dorsey's Take:
Anyone remember a recruit named Trent Varva? How about a quarterback named Nick Fanuzzi? Those are players that spurned Michigan State for other schools. The Spartans were left to sign kids like Jesse Miller and Kirk Cousins....hmmm?
The Spartan missed out on a few players this weekend and that opened the door for a player like Palazeti. That door may only be a crack right now, but you can be sure that he is going to do everything in his power to kick it wide open.
If you have seen Niko Palazeti play football, you certainly do not want to be getting in his way. He doesn't want to run around you; he wants to run over you and thru you. When it comes to being a Big Ten fullback, that is exactly what you look for.
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