December 28, 2010

Spartan staff keeping tabs on Ohio FB

One of the most undervalued recruits in the Midwest for the class of 2011 is Trevon Pendleton of Portsmouth High School in Ohio. The 6-foot-0, 225-pound prospect is hearing from several BCS programs and is just waiting to get the word on a scholarship. Michigan State is one of the schools that has been in frequent contact. has the details.

Every year there is always a couple of prospects that many people cannot figure out why they are not getting more recruiting interest. This year one of prospect that fall into that category is Pendleton. observed him at camps this spring and was impressed enough that we ended up writing his name down 3 different times in our notes.

What was even more impressive is when we went back home and pulled up his junior highlights. We saw a player hat not only excelled in the combine format, but also on the football field. We figured it would only be a matter of time before he picked up an impressive amount of offers. National Analyst Barry Every had the following to say about Pendleton after seeing him perform at the NIKE Camp in Columbus last May:

" A real hustler that played downhill during the pass skeleton. He was running through the ball carrier in a non-contact camp. Really hard to believe that he has no offers at this time. He physically looks better and runs better than almost any fullback with an offer in the 2011 class. Any college that likes running out of the I-formation or the pro-set needs to take a look at this bulldozer."

Pendleton was having an outstanding senior year for Portsmouth when he saw his fortunes take a turn for the worse. In the 7th game of the season, he broke a bone in his lower leg and saw his season come to an end. At the time of the injury Pendleton had rushed for 967-yards and scored 13 touchdowns on only 88 carries. He also had racked up 78 tackles as a linebacker. As a junior he rolled up 1471-yards and scored 20 touchdowns on 144 carries.

The injury may have scared away a few teams, but other schools recognize the talent Pendleton has and are still very much involved. Prior to the injury Pendleton had two scholarship offers, Ball State and Air Force and those offers are still there. We asked him what other schools are involved.

"I have been talking with Cincinnati quite often and I also have been in contact with Michigan State, Colorado and Toledo. I have been talking with Coach Salem and Coach Tressel, they like me as a fullback."

Michigan State recently pulled the scholarship of running back MiKail McCall of Illinois. It is unclear what position the Spartans will address with that scholarship. The Spartans are looking at some other running back prospect, but adding an athletic fullback could be a possibility if the scholarship numbers workout.

Pendleton camped at Michigan State this summer and his performance in East Lansing did nothing to hurt his recruiting chances with the Green and White. asked Pendleton about his thoughts on Michigan State and what a scholarship from the Big Ten Champions would mean.

"I love it up there," Pendleton stated. "It is one of my favorite schools. I was up there for the Wisconsin game. I would really go ahead and consider going ahead and verbally committing if I was to receive a scholarship offer from them."

Pendleton went on to tell us that he is ahead of schedule as far as his recovery from his broken leg. If anything the injury has caused him to work even harder. Pendleton talked about his recovery and his strengths as a player.

"I will be back to 100% toward the end of January or the beginning of the next month," he stated. "My strengths as a player are my instincts and my passion for the game. I have a lot of determination and a strong work ethic; I refuse to let people outwork me."

It is that type of attitude that is going to make one college very happy come signing day. Take: Michigan State is tight on scholarships, but if they have room adding a player like Pendleton could prove to be an excellent addition. Spartan fans can certainly remember the type of player Scottie Greene was for Michigan State back in the mid 1990's. Pendleton compares favorably at the same age to the former Spartan standout.

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