Michigan State became the first team to offer Martell Pettaway, an early four-star class of 2016 running back from South Lake High today and the 5-foot-11, 205-pound prospect is glad to have the Spartans on board.
"Feels good. It's a great experience and blessing to have my first offer be from the defending Rose Bowl champs."
Today's offer was given to Pettaway by the big man himself, Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio.
"I talked to Coach Dantonio. He was telling me about what Michigan State was looking for in players and expectations about being in college while up there and the truth was, he didn't know me real well but wanted to build a relationship with me and he's seen my film and I was really talented and I have a good family and am very driven about education."
Pettaway visited East Lansing for a spring practice and has started building that relationship with the coaches and getting familiar with the schools.
"They have a great staff. They are very enthusiastic. There is a good atmosphere up there and the campus is nice as well. It is fitted together and not spaced apart for the football players."
Pettaway plans to camp with the Spartans in June and says he is likely to head to Michigan as well. While he may not be ready to make any decisions at this early point in time, he admits the Green and White have an advantageous position in his recruitment.
"They will be a very tough team to beat. They are number one now. They kept it real with me since day one and showed me a lot of love. At the moment, I am not committing. I'm going to wait it out and rack up offers then look at my decision but it will be hard for anyone to be over MSU since the were the first ones who did it and they were up there always."