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Mich. native gives verbal

January 19, 2006

The MSU football team added an in-state pass rusher when Jonathan Misch, of Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory, verbally committed to the Spartans on Monday morning.

Misch, who flew under the recruiting radar, is undersized for a defensive end at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, but he compensates with a high energy level and great potential.

"I have a high motor," he said. "If the play is on the other side of the field, I'm not one of those guys who stops going after it."

Misch's high school football coach, George Porritt, echoed similar statements about what makes the two-star prospect a successful player.

"The kid plays with high effort," he said. "He plays at a great football player's pace."

During the 2005 season, Misch did a little bit of everything for his team, registering 122 tackles, 13 sacks, eight forced fumbles, an interception, a blocked field goal and a defensive touchdown on his way to earning first-team Class A All-State honors. He also was ranked No. 38 on The Detroit News Blue Chip List.

"For some reason I felt like I had a different speed than everyone else," Misch said, explaining his success.

Misch is listed as the No. 24th prospect in Michigan by SpartanMag.com. He chose MSU over an offer from Eastern Michigan, citing the facilities, location and the Big Ten conference as reasons for his choice.

Washington and Northwestern also showed interest, but Washington revoked its offer after receiving another commitment and Northwestern had not yet to offer but was expected to.

"Ever since I was pretty young I wanted to go to Michigan State or Michigan," he said, adding that despite wanting to go to both schools, he'll be ready for the rivalry.

Besides playing football, Misch is captain of the wrestling team, a member of the crew team, a classical pianist and has a back belt in Tae Kwon Do.

At the college level, Misch projects himself as either an outside linebacker or defensive end, depending on how much weight he can add.

"That kid will play wherever MSU needs him," Porritt said. "That's the kind of kid he is."

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