Hometown? Farmington Hills
Marital Status? Single
What High School did you attend? University of Detroit Jesuit
College? Michigan State
What is your Favorite sport to watch on TV and your favorite sport to attend in person? TV - hockey; Person - baseball
Who is your favorite actor or actress? Denzel Washington
Bases loaded, two outs in the bottom of the ninth of the Game Seven of the World Series and your team is down one run...Which active baseball player do you want at the plate? Albert Pujols
Who is your favorite cartoon character? Homer Simpson
What is your favorite national sports moment? Wasn’t alive for most of the great ones, so it has to be Landon Donovan’s goal vs Algeria in 2010 World Cup … gave USA their first group win since 1930
What is your favorite Detroit sports moment? Magglio Ordonez walk-off home run in 2006 ALCS
If you could change a rule in sports, what would it be? Clearly define the blocking/charging call in college basketball
What Detroiter do you admire most? Mike Ilitch
College or Pro Sports? Definitely college
If you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, who would they be? Babe Ruth, Nick Lidstrom and Peyton Manning … that should be interesting
Favorite broadcaster of all time? Doc Emrick, Bob Costas, Jim Nantz … I can go on and on
Most embarrassing moment on the air? None … yet
On today's show, one of the callers put Michigan State football "In the Box" in our weekly segment of "Three Stars and Three in the Box" for their struggles in recruiting. The caller's point was that after beating Michigan for four straight years, the Spartans should be doing a better job of beating out their rival for highly-touted recruits. However, that has never been Michigan State's method to recruiting.
Michigan State's M.O. of finding recruits is quite simple. Firstly, they target players who fit their scheme (pocket quarterbacks, sure-tackling linebackers, and linemen that can play on both sides of the ball). They do not go out and try to be something they are not. Secondly, they trust their coaching staff to develop their recruits. For example, in 2007 Kirk Cousins, Greg Jones and B.J. Cunningham were all three star recruits. To compare, Ryan Mallett (five star), Austin Panter (four star) and Toney Clemons (four star) were Michgan's top recruits at those three positions. The three MSU recruits were from Michigan, Ohio and Ohio, respectively. Meanwhile, Michigan's recruits were from Texas, Pennsylvania and Kansas.
People wonder why Mark Dantonio and his staff continually stay within the Midwest to go after the majority of their recruits. The answer is simple: they do not need to leave it. Every school will get a kid or two from Texas and California, but Michigan State has been getting the same talent, if not better, as Michigan primarily from the Midwest states. Just a word of thought, stars do not always translate to the gridiron, although they certainly can help.