Michigan State recruited Frey to play the hybrid 'Star' position in the Spartans base 4-3 defense.
Columbus (Ohio) Upper Arlington Class of 2014 linebacker Chris Frey visited Michigan State on Monday afternoon with his parents. About an hour before he arrived in East Lansing, Frey received a call from Kentucky and had a new offer. It was one he had been waiting on and certainly complicated things.
Frey told us he was torn between Michigan State and Kentucky and planned to take some more time to make a decision. But after discussing the situation with his family and high school coaches, he decided it was time to end the recruiting process. Earlier today, Frey gave his verbal pledge to Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio and became the eighth commit in the Spartans Class of 2014.
"First off, Michigan State plays in the B1G," Frey said. "The coaching staff is great and the staff there is stable with their jobs. I don't see them leaving. Michigan State is consistently winning. It’s only about five hours from home which isn't terrible at all for my family to make it to my games or for me to travel home."
Ironically, Frey attends high school less than three miles from Ohio Stadium, home of the Buckeyes.
The 6-foot-3, 217-pound Frey held additional offers from Boston College, Purdue, Syracuse and a host of MAC schools. Last summer, Frey camped at Michigan State and worked out with assistant coach Mike Tressel, who served as his primary recruiting coach.
"Michigan State has always shown me a lot of love," Frey said. "Anytime I want I can always call Coach Tressel and ask him questions. Michigan State has always been real cool about everything and showing me what they have. Lastly, Coach Tressel always been there for me and I really like that, too."
Michigan State recruited Frey to play the hybrid 'Star' position in the Spartans base 4-3 defense, similar to the role Chris Norman played the past four seasons. Frey is the third linebacker in the class to commit, joining Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech’s Deon Drake and Traverse City (Mich.) St. Francis’s Byron Bullough.
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