With two parents who attended the school, and a sister who currently plays basketball there, Wednesday's offer from Michigan State was a big one for Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson athlete Matt Morrissey.
"I talked to Coach [Mark] Dantonio yesterday and was fortunate enough to get an offer," Morrissey said. "I have always loved Michigan State and it's a big one for me, so I am excited."
Morrissey's sister is a sophomore guard for the Spartan's women's basketball team, so the three-star football prospect has great insight into the life of a student-athlete in East Lansing.
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"She loves the school," Morrissey said. "She is with the team all the time and she loves her team, loves the campus. She fits in really well so she is always telling me great things."
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Morrissey could potentially play safety or wide receiver in college, and Michigan State is still evaluating him at both positions.
"They have me strictly as an athlete," Morrissey said. "They just want to get me on campus and see me play the first year. I would probably redshirt my freshman year, they would develop me and see where I fall, but either that wide receiver spot or safety spot. It depends too on if I put on weight and possibly [move to] outside linebacker."
Morrissey holds five other offers, and one of those - Boston College - provides family connections as well because his brother played for the Eagles. Morrissey visited Boston most recently earlier this month, and has some tough decisions coming up.
"After this week I will probably know a little more of where I am going," Morrissey said. "I have been talking to a lot of coaches and seeing where I am at on their board.
"Early June is the ideal [decision timeframe] for me. I don't want to make it too early because it is the next four years of my life, but I want to get it done before the season so I can focus on my team."
Two other schools that could come into play are Wisconsin and Iowa. The Badger's interest has ramped up just in the last few days.
"We talked yesterday and then I am going to call him today at noon," Morrissey said. "We'll see after that call where I sit on their board. With the new staff it is a little bit different, later recruiting process, but it has been good."
Iowa has also increased their interest in Morrissey just within the last few days, and there are family connections with that program as well.
"The last couple days they have been talking to me more and talking to my dad as well," Morrissey said. "Coach [Phil] Parker was my dad's roommate, so they are pretty close. They were talking yesterday and seem to like me, so I am going to give them a call again today."
Morrissey does not expect to attend any college camps in June, but he is looking at one or more campus visits in the coming weeks. A trip to Michigan State is being considered for the weekend of June 7, and visits to Wisconsin and/or Iowa could be planned as well depending on how those conversations go this week.