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Friday, November 16, 2012
QB Kizer gets coveted Michigan State offer

By Jared Shanker

A few months ago, as the offers started coming in for 2014 quarterback DeShone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic), he made a list of the schools he wanted to get offers from.

Deshone Kizer
DeShone Kizer picked up an offer from Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio.
He received one of them Thursday.

Kizer spoke with Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio on Wednesday afternoon, and the conversation ended with an offer.

“It’s a big one for me,” the ESPN Watch List member said. “The last couple of months you start to determine what’s your goal schools and schools you want offers from; they’re right up there. Today was a great feeling.”

That feeling was intensified by the fact the offer did not come over Facebook or through his high school coach or even his area recruiter. The leader of the Spartans program detailed the offer to Kizer.

“It means much more. It shows how serious they are about offers. A lot of schools just offer on the spot if you run a nice 40 or are a nice height or weight, no matter who,” Kizer said. “… We talked about 10 minutes and he laid it out for me. He said, ‘We’ve offered three quarterbacks and you’re one of the three.’ ”

Dantonio said he watched five full-game highlights from Kizer’s junior season on top of his junior film. Although Kizer has only about 150 attempts on the season, he has about 1,500 yards and is completing his passes at a 75-percent rate.

That is not all that stood out to the Michigan State coaches, though. While Dantonio told Kizer there are a few things he can fine-tune, he preached to Kizer about his intangibles.

“He said you’re real poised and real relaxed and confident in yourself,” Kizer said.

Eleven programs have offered Kizer, but his attention will now turn to the other programs on his wish list of offers: Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and Texas. He will visit Ohio State for the Michigan game Nov. 24 and could visit Michigan this weekend.

For now, his focus is on his high school season, however, as Central Catholic can win a regional championship Friday night.