October 13, 2011

Reschke a priority for Spartans

One of the top players on the board for the Michigan State Spartans for the class of 2013 is Jon Reschke of Birmingham Brother Rice High School. SpartanMag.com was able to get the latest on his recruitment and his junior season.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Reschke is very familiar with Michigan State University and the Spartan program. His father played for the Spartans back in the early 1980's and he has been attended numerous Spartan games.

Reschke camped at Michigan State earlier this summer and had a very strong performance. Not long afterwards, Head Coach Mark Dantonio decided to make Reschke one of the first players the staff offered for the class of 2013. In addition to Michigan State, Reschke also has a scholarship offers from the University of Toledo. Numerous other BCS schools are in frequent contact with him.

Brother Rice is always one of the top programs in Michigan under the direction of legendary coach Al Fracassa. The Warriors always play a rigorous schedule and this year is no different. Reschke talked about his season so far.

"Well the Catholic League ended for us last Saturday against Catholic Central," he said. "As a team we had 3 heartbreaking loses. Our overall record is 4-3, our 3 loses on the season have been scores of 21-20 OT, 10-9 OT, and 21-19… So it has been pretty tough. As far as my play this season, I think that I have been playing pretty well. In the Catholic League (6th toughest ranked league in the country) I led my team with 50 tackles in 4 games, with big plays defensively and some offensively at tight end. Game by game, I have improved as a linebacker. I am improving on my reads and on my quickness to the ball."

Reschke has seen his recruitment really accelerate the past few months. SpartanMag.com asked him what the latest developments are with Michigan State and the other teams that are actively involved.

"Over the last couple of weeks I have been receiving a ton of mail from a bunch of schools. I have talked to coaches from Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State, Iowa, and Purdue. I've received game invites from MSU, U of M, Notre Dame, Penn State, Iowa, Auburn, Oregon, Stanford, Ga Tech, Connecticut, Indiana, Nebraska, etc. It's hard for me to make a lot of games because we play on Saturday in the Catholic League. I plan on making it down to Notre Dame next weekend for the USC game. Also I plan on going out west to an Oregon game."

The Spartans see Reschke as a middle linebacker prospect that could come in and eventually replace current Spartan linebacker Max Bullough. Reschke talked about getting back up to East Lansing and where the Spartans envision him.

"I have been in touch with Coach Salem, Reschke said. "They really want me to get back up on campus; I would love to again this year. I've talked to Coach Dantonio about Max Bullough before, he believes that I can come in and learn from him and be able to play early."

If Reschke decides to come to Michigan State, he will be in a situation much like Bullough was when he arrived in East Lansing. Reschke would have a 1 year opportunity to learn from am All-Big Ten or even All-American level player and then assume the starting spot for 3 or possibly 4 years.

As of right now Reschke is focused on his football season. We asked him what has been the best part of the process so far.

"The best part of recruiting is definitely getting to go visit schools and check out the atmosphere on game day. What has surprised me the most is definitely all the mail that I've been receiving. Also, getting invited to All-American Camps like the Nike ones and the Army Combine. The recruiting process has been going very well."

Reschke is certainly a player that the Spartans will be looking to have on campus as much as possible le in the coming months. SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with the Brother Rice standout in the coming months. The staff would be certainly like to have Reschke become an early member of the class of 2013. He would certainly be a good ambassador for whatever school he decides to attend.

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