July 26, 2010

Colquhoun talks Spartan commitment

On Monday Michigan State picked up their 10th commitment for the class of 2011 when Arjen Colquhoun of W.F. Herman High School in Windsor, Canada committed to the Green and White. SpartanMag.com was able to catch-up with the dynamic 6-foot-0, 180-pound safety prospect and got his thoughts on being ther newest member of the Spartan family.

As SpartanMag.com has previously stated, Colquhoun had a dominant performance at the Michigan State Elite Camp two weeks ago. Following the camp, the Spartans turned up the heat on his recruitment. Head Coach Mark Dantonio wanted to get Colquhoun and his family back on campus so they could get to know him better and officially offer him a scholarship.

On Monday Colquhoun made the 2-hour trip to Michigan State University, and after spending time with the coaches as well as seeing more of the campus, he was offered a scholarship. It did not take the Canadian playmaker long to make up his mind and Colquhoun accepted shortly afterwards. SpartanMag.com got the details on his thought process about becoming a member of the Michigan State Football Program.

When we asked what is was about Michigan State that made it the right place for him, Colquhoun offered the following:

"What the coaches stand for is definitely one of the reasons I decide to become a Spartan. They are a program that is eager to win and I am a player that is eager to win too. In addition, they are concerned about you as a person, not just a football player. Michigan State is close to Canada so my family can see me and I can see them."

Did the coaches talk about some of the things they like about you?

"Yes, they said loved that I am family oriented," Colquhon stated. "My family means a lot to me. The coaches said that shows them I have discipline and respect. After I committed I had a permanent smile on face. l am relieved and happy that I have made the right choice for me."

Being from Canada might be one reason why Colquhoun was under the radar of some programs. Michigan State has a rich history of having Canadian stars in every sport, including the marquee sports of football and basketball. Colquhoun talked about making the transition and how he plans to adjust to Big Ten football.

"I am ready and eager to compete at the next level," he stated. "I know it is going to be tough, but I am a gamer and I know I will get a hang of it."

Based on what SpartanMag.com saw of Colquhoun at the Spartan Camp, he already has a very good grasp of what it takes to be a difference-maker at the next level. Colquhoun made numerous big plays at the Michigan State Elite Camp and dominated several prospects in the one-on-one portion that are legitimate Division 1 recruits themselves.

Look for much more on Colquhoun in Spartan Magazine in the coming weeks. Rivals.com will also be uploading highlight film of him into the recruit database in the near future.

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