July 21, 2010
3-Star Ohio LB to visit MSU
One of the top outside linebacker prospects in Ohio is Nicolas Grigsby of Trotwood-Madison High School. SpartanMag.com was able to catch up with the 6-foot-1, 207-pound prospect and the details on his recruitment. Find out what schools have offered the 3-star prospect and what teams he currently favors.
Trotwood-Madison High School is one of the top talent producing school in Ohio. Every year they send multiple players to the Division 1 ranks. This year Grigsby leads another talent group of players from there that will be playing BCS football next fall. Rivals.com ranks Grigsby the #30 player in Ohio and the #27 outside linebacker prospect in the nation for the class of 2011.
Spartanmag.com asked Grigsby about his current scholarship offer count and what schools are standing out at this point.
"I have 12 offers all together," Grigsby stated. "The schools I am looking at the most are Michigan State, Cincinnati, Kansas and Syracuse."
Have you spoken with the Michigan State Coaching staff lately and what are they saying about you as a player?
"Yes, I just called and spoke with the other day, Grigsby said. "I have talked with Coach Barnett and Coach Tressel. "They like me as an outside linebacker. The feel that I am very physical and that I have very good cover skills. They also like that I can play pretty much any position on the field"
As far as what factors Grigsby plans to use as far as making his decision, Grigsby informed us that location, his relationship with the coaching staff and the academic aspects of the school will all be things he considers.
Grigsby did not attend any college camp this summer, but he did hit the NIKE Camp in Columbus earlier this spring and had a solid performance there. He was singled out as one of the top performers at the event and Rivaks.com National Recruiting Analyst Barry Every had the following to say about him"
"His ability to change directions while breaking down into perfect tackling position is what set him apart from the other linebackers. Grigsby also plays downhill, showing tremendous closing speed. He also looked to have the best cover skills, turning his hips on a swivel and making several pass breakups and interceptions during one-on-ones and pass skeleton. The spread offense may have met its match with this defender as he can run sideline to sideline and backpedal like a defensive back. He will need to add a few pounds of muscle mass but other than that he seemed the complete package."
Grigsby has yet to visit Michigan State, but that will likely change in the near future.
"I was talking with the coaches and I am going to set up a time to come up there in the next few weeks."
Grigsby is not sure of when he will make his choice. It is possible that he could wait until after his season, but he could also make his college choice prior to his senior year. If he finds a school he feels comfortable with he could pull the trigger and then focus on his senior season and helping Trotwood-Madison make a run toward the championship.
Spartanmag.com will be sure to follow-up with Grigsby in the coming weeks and get the details about when he will be in East Lansing and his thoughts on the Spartans program.
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