Tim Cason (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston High) made the short trip to East Lansing Saturday to see Michigan State take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers, two teams that are in his top five.
Although this was not his first time in town, it was his first visit with a scholarship offer from the Spartans’ coaching staff. Michigan State lost 28-24, but he still walked away impressed from the overall experience.
“It was pretty sweet,” he said. “People greeted me and said congratulations, including people I never would have expected to hear from.
“I got to go on the field and shake coach (Mark) Dantonio’s hand and talk to him for a few seconds before the game. It was pretty cool.”
He is on record as saying Nebraska is one of his favorite teams, and watching the Blackshirts for the first time in person helped him get a better feel for the program.
“(Nebraska) surprised me, which was pretty good. I thought State would come out with the win, but (Nebraska) came hard at the end and came back in the last six seconds. And then they beat Michigan last week as well, which all three of them are top schools for me.”
Nebraska was only the second team this season to score more than 20 points on the Michigan State defense. However, when asked about defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and the defense, Cason was hesitant to give them praise because of how many close losses MSU has had this year.
“Their defense has been struggling,” he said. “I don’t know if the defense was just struggling with Nebraska’s offense, but they have to get some more stops. The past couple of games, Michigan State has been losing in the last seconds. Their defense needs a lot of work, but it could possibly be fixed with a couple of practices. It could be fixed easily.”
The 6-foot, 178-pound cornerback has drawn interest from several Midwest teams, including Bowling Green, Illinois, Toledo and West Virginia, among others. Now that more of this junior’s game film is available, he should expect to hear from additional BCS conference programs this coming spring.
He is anxious to continue the recruiting process and looks forward to taking visits to other schools in the near future.
“I’m up for everything right now. Michigan State is one of my top schools and I like them a lot, but there are a bunch of other schools I’m really looking forward to (visiting).”