Dan France, from North Royalton, Ohio, recently took an unofficial to MSU and came away impressed…
Big Ten Battle Over France
Sure, the 6-6, 260-pounder from North Royalton (Ohio) H.S. cares about which college program he'll be playing his college football for starting next fall. But it's very unclear where on the field he'll be lining up. Scout.com's 102nd ranked offensive tackle has also drawn interest for his skills as a defensive tackle, defensive end, and even as a tight end by various college programs.
"As long as I play, that's all I care about," France said.
So which college program will have to figure out where to play him? France has continued to whittle down his list of possibilities, and now says Indiana and Michigan State are his two front-runners. Michigan State is recruiting his as either an offensive or defensive tackle while Indiana has been recruiting him as a tight end, with the possibility of eventually moving to the offensive line.
France attended a Senior Day Camp at IU last month and was at Michigan State for a visit last weekend and said there's a lot to like about both programs.
"With Indiana, I felt really comfortable with the coaching staff and it felt like I was at home," France said. "With Michigan State, I really like the coaching staff and they play most of their games on national television. They also play Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame, and I like that as well."
Both teams are also rapidly filling up their available spots in their 2009 classes. Indiana has secured 15 commitments to date, while the Spartans have 14. France said Michigan State has told him they had only two more slots available for offensive linemen, and since that time they've added former Iowa commit David Barrent – a top-30 offensive tackle nationally – to their list of commits.
"Michigan State has put a little pressure on because they said they have two spots left for the o-line, and it's first come, first serve," France said.
That shortage of openings could prompt France to make a decision very soon. He said he'd like make his choice before the start of two-a-days, which gets underway in about a week.
"I'd like to get it done as soon as possible, but right now I can't really decide," France said.
While France likes the sustained success that Michigan State has had in recent years relative to IU's past struggles, he said he also realizes the Hoosiers have made significant strides as of late, and much better times appear to be on the horizon.
"Indiana is a team on the rise, and I'd like to be a part of that and get them to the next level," France said.
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