June 15, 2011

Spartans get talented walk-on

SpartanMag.com was just able to confirm that Trevon Pendleton of Portsmouth West High School in Ohio has decided to attend Michigan State University as a preferred walk-on.

The 6-foot-0, 230-pound fullback prospect at one point had multiple scholarship opportunities before a serious injury cut short his senior year.

At the time Pendleton suffered his injury; he had rushed for 967-yards and scored 13 touchdowns on 88 carries. On defense He also had racked up 78 tackles as a linebacker. As a junior Pendleton rushed for 1471-yards and scored 20 touchdowns on 144 carries.

The Spartan staff kept in contact with Pendleton throughout the winter and spring and were more than happy to have him join the program. Michigan State has had several players suffer serious injuries during their senior year only to make strong comebacks, Javon Ringer and Isaiah Lewis are two of the more recent players to do so.

SpartanMag.com asked Pendleton why Michigan State?

"Michigan State is the place for me because they have a great coaching staff," he said. "The style of football they play fits me and the program is headed in the right direct. I will be playing fullback for them. The coaches said I will have a chance to earn a scholarship."

Pendleton will give Michigan State a very athletic fullback. Spartanmag.co scouted him several times last year and though that he reminded me of former Spartan fullback Scottie Green from both a size and skill standpoint.

As far as the injury he suffered (broken leg), Pendleton informed us that his rehab is going just fine and he plans to be 100% this fall.

The addition of Pendleton, who rivals.com ranked as the #3 fullback in the nation and a 3-star recruit, gives Michigan State a very talented class of walk-ons. Like Pendleton, 3-star offensive Lineman Kyle Lints of Traverse City Saint Francis High School also decided to take a preferred walk-on spot over scholarships from lesser programs.

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