- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
As one of the prospects with a Michigan State offer at the Spartans’ junior day, Billy Hirschfeld (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) was made a priority by the coaches Sunday.
When he walked into the football complex Sunday, recruiting coordinator Brad Salem was walking by and greeted Hirschfeld. Salem brought the 2014 defensive end in to meet with Spartans defensive line coach Ted Gill right away.
“We talked for a good 15 to 20 minutes on the defense and what it’s like there,” Hirschfeld said. “Then I got to talk to [Dan] Roushar and Coach [Pat] Narduzzi and then ran into Coach [Mark] Dantonio. He was really happy to see me.”
The coaches then took Hirschfeld on a tour of the facilities, practice fields and locker room before heading to campus. It was a short walk to campus, and Hirschfeld liked the campus and football facilities are close to each other.
The recruits then ate with the coaches, and following that Hirschfeld met with Dantonio in his office.
“He talked about my scholarship a little more and talked about the defense and where I’m at and if I go there what playing time I’d be able to get,” he said.
At the end of the trip, Hirschfeld watched the Spartans beat Nebraska in basketball. It was a little ironic considering Hirschfeld visited East Lansing when Michigan State hosted Nebraska in football, although the Spartans lost that meeting.
Minnesota and Wisconsin have also offered Hirschfeld, and several programs including Nebraska and Notre Dame are interested. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Hirschfeld is not starting to formalize any favorites yet, but he is impressed with the culture around the Spartans.
The coaching staff preached four ideals to the recruits, which really hit home with Hirschfeld.
“There are four goals: To have a lifelong relationship with the players, do anything they can to make you graduate -- whatever it takes -- they’re going to win and after I leave Michigan State I’m going to be a good, self-sufficient person.”
The next visit will come Jan. 26 when he visits Nebraska for a junior day. He will then visit Minnesota for its junior day Feb. 2.
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