Northeast Ohio OL impressed with UC and Illinois


Chagrin Falls OL Grant Lingafelter

Chagrin Falls senior OL Grant Lingafelter currently holds offers from Akron, Ball State,
Cincinnati, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Toledo and Western Michigan. He’d love to add Michigan State and Illinois to that list and may be close to doing so…

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio
and his staff have done many things right on the recruiting trail since
arriving in East Lansing in 2007. The Spartans focused heavily on the
Detroit area in the early going, and have been able to compete winning
several battles for top in-state players.

Perhaps the thing Dantonio has done best, however, is identify and secure Ohio talent. Players like B.J. Cunningham, Johnny Adams and Jerel Worthy are just several examples. Now, 2013 Chagrin Falls (Ohio) High offensive tackle Grant Lingafelter is hoping to join that group.

One Chagrin Falls coach is an MSU grad, and has encouraged Lingafelter to pursue the Spartans.

“Right when the process started he tried to haul me over there
and get me on campus,” Lingafelter said. “I did a bunch of research and
was planning on going for camp a few weeks ago but it ended up I
couldn’t. It’s pretty sound academically so it’s sort of been up there
since day one.”

Lingafelter currently holds offers from Akron, Ball State,
Cincinnati, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Toledo and Western Michigan. He sent
his film in to the Spartans’ staff several days ago and said he’s
waiting to hear back from the coaching staff.

“I let them know and they have my film,” Lingafelter said. “My
coaches sent it to them a couple days ago. I’m actually on vacation so I
haven’t talked to my coaches in a couple days but I’m sure I’ll hear
back from them when I head home.”

Lingafelter currently stands 6-foot-5, 260 pounds. That’s up from
244 as a junior and he’s still hoping to add 10-15 pounds before his
freshman year of college. Lingafelter took a lengthy visit to Illinois
earlier this summer for camp and ended up staying three days, while
another school has also caught his eye early.

“I really enjoyed Cincinnati and Illinois,” Lingafelter said.
“Those are schools I can definitely picture myself at along with
Northern Illinois. … I just loved Cincinnati and Illinois.”

Lingafelter is also hoping to hear back from the Spartans soon
regarding his film, and thinks MSU could potentially be a great fit. If
MSU likes what it sees on film he would likely jump at the chance to
visit East Lansing.

“I could definitely see myself making the trip over there,” Lingafelter said.

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