When Mentor (OH) 2019offensive lineman Nick Samac first stepped on campus in East Lansing in May after receiving his offer from Michigan State just a month before, he immediately knew that he could one day feel comfortable calling it home if he were to choose the Spartans.
And it didn’t take long for the 3-star offensive lineman to act on that feeling as he committed to #5 Michigan State back at the end of May and spoke with Spartan Nation about his decision.
“I fell in love with the campus right when I got there and the relationships that I grew with the coaches was instant,” he said. “I knew right when I went there that this was a top school for me and they had been at the top ever since, so I decided to pull the trigger for them.”
Before choosing Michigan State, Samac fielded offers from 16 other Division 1 programs, including Indiana, Duke, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, Temple and Boston College.
Samac said that he had the opportunity to inform both co-offensive coordinator Jim Bollman and head coach Mark Dantonio of his commitment over the phone and said that both coaches were obviously exciting and welcoming after hearing the news.
“At first around noon, I called coach Bollman and I told him I was ready to commit and he put me on with coach Dantonio,” he said. “I told him I had been weighing all of my options and sat down with my family and I’m ready to make the decision. I just told him I want to commit to you guys and he was very excited, he welcomed me with open arms.”
Now that he is officially committed to the Spartans, Samac said that he intends on becoming a recruiter moving forward, calling it ‘The next step to this whole process.”
While he remains unsure whether or not he will be attending Michigan State’s Elite Camp this month, Samac will be back on campus for another visit on June 11th and said he’s looking forward to speaking with the coaching staff at length regarding football and what they like about his game as well as areas the staff feels may need improvement.
“I think that’s a lot of what we’re gonna talk about on my visit because my first visit, I was there for a short time and didn’t get a chance to talk about all of the in-depth stuff with football and academics,” he said. “They kind of just welcomed me to the Spartan family and told me they’re excited to have me and that they’re excited for me to visit. I’m sure we’re going to catch up on that stuff when we visit.”
Although he’s from the state of Ohio and that he grew up as an Ohio State fan, Samac said that even if an offer from the Buckeyes were to be extended, his recruitment is officially closed and is officially a Spartan.
“My recruitment is closed, Michigan State is my new home,” he said. “That’s my school and my recruitment is closed.”
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