February 28, 2013

Spartans taking serious look at Ohio LB

Linebacker Chris Frey of Upper Arlington High School in Ohio is one of the fastest rising recruits in the Midwest. Michigan State is looking forward to having the class of 2014 standout on campus. SpartanMag.com was able to speak with Fry and get the latest details on his recruitment.

Two weeks ago SpartanMag.com covered the Best Of The Midwest Combine in Indianapolis. One of the players we came away most impressed with was Fry. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound prospect was consistently excelling in drills and eventually walked away with the MVP for the linebacker position.

We asked Fry about his latest offers and the Big Ten schools that are showing him a significant amount of interest.

"I just got offered by Ball State last night, Fry stated. I also recently picked up offers from Kent State and Ohio University. I have been talking with Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue and Illinois."

Frey has a total of 8 scholarships on the table and other BCS schools that are in contact include NC State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Syracuse and Louisville.

Frey plans on visiting several schools in the coming weeks and East Lansing is one of his destinations. We asked him about his contact with the Spartans and his upcoming visits.

"Coach Tressel and I speak all the time," Frey stated. "I was up at Michigan state for camp last summer and for the Notre Dame game. I will be visiting Indiana this Saturday, Illinois the following Saturday and I will be going to Michigan State for a spring practice."

Frey had an outstanding year for Upper Arlington High School and he is looking forward to an even bigger senior campaign from himself as well as his team. We asked him about his 2012 accomplishment ad the expectations for this fall.

"I believe we will be really good this year. We had a small senior class an we are returning 18-starters. Last fall I had 156 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 sacks and 5 forced-fumbles. On offense I had 60 caries for over 600-yardds and scored 13 touchdowns. I was named 2012 1st Team All-OCC, Special Mention All-District and All-Metro."

Having watched Frey in action, We believe his offer list will continue to expand as the spring evaluation period takes place. Frey will certainly be a double-digit offer player sooner rather than later, and we expect multiple Big Ten schools to pull the trigger as well.

As far as selecting a school,Frey has a very good idea about what he is looking for in his future destination.

"What I am looking for in a school is that if in my first practice I blow out my knee and can never play again I will still want to be at that school. I want to love the school I go to. I want it to be close to home, but not too close. I also want to have a good relationship with the coaches."

As someone who covers recruiting, it is refreshing to hear a player talk about wanting to live a school even without football. For as good as most recruit are they will not make a living playing football, but from the degree they get bestowed upon them from that school. Frey already understand that fact.

Frey has been invited to several of the Elite Camps and Combines this spring, including the Rivals/Under Armour Camp which is invite only. SpartanMag.com will be sure to be at that event and follow-up with Frey as his recruitment continues to unfold.

Matt Dorsey's Take: One of teh reason we like attending camp and combine is we often come across a player who is not getting the attention they deserve, that was the case with Frey. He is a throwback type with the athletic ability to play the game today.

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