January 12, 2012
Palazeti impressive at All-American Combine
One of the top in-state prospects for the class of 2013 will likely be Vinnie Palazeti of Flint Powers High School. SpartanMag.com spoke with the 6-foot-4, 285-pound prospect and got the latest details on his recruitment and his thoughts on Michigan State.
This past fall Palazeti had an outstanding junior campaign for Flint Powers Catholic. His play was crucial in helping lead Powers to the Michigan Division 5 Championship. The Chargers avenged an early season loos and defeated Lansing Catholic by a score of 56-26 at Ford Field.
Since winning the state title, Palazeti has been hard at working in the off-season and last weekend he traveled down to San Antonio, Texas to take part in the U.S. Army All-American Underclass Combine. The even attracts over 500 of the top juniors from across the country.
Palazeti had a strong performance at the combine. He was cited by several recruiting analysts for his ability and was eventually named 2nd Team All Combine by Rivals.com. Of all the offensive linemen in attendance, Palazeti was considered one of the 10 best players at his position. Spartanmag.com asked him about his experience down in San Antonio.
"It was a great time down there," he said. "Not often do you get to compete with the best of the best. I made second team all combine offensive line, and I did very well in 1on1's. Also watching the seniors in the game give me a lot of motivation to be where they are at in a year."
Palazeti is very familiar with Michigan State University. He attended several games this fall as an unofficial visitor and he is a cousin of current Spartan fullback Niko Palazeti. We asked him about the teams showing him the most recruiting interest at this point in time and his thoughts about the Spartan program.
"I am getting recruiting letters from Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska and Georgia Tech mostly," Palazeti stated. "I just got invited to the elite junior day in Iowa in February. Michigan State is a program with a solid foundation that is built upon a great coaching staff, great recruits, and a faith based program. It is awesome to visit Michigan State and see they layers of leadership throughout the classes, and that really impresses me. "
The word on Palazeti is he has made impressive strides in his game over the past 12 months. During Power's historic playoff run, Palazeti really stared to come into his own as a blocker and for his efforts he was named All Big-Nine. Spartanmag.com asked him about his strengths as a player and what he is working on in the off-season.
"My strengths would be my foot speed, my ability to get off the ball low and hard, and my vision," Palazeti said. "I need to work on my core strength and squat form so I can get my legs as strong as I possibly can."
Michigan State is very interested in Palazeti as a potential scholarship player for the class of 2013. Not only will the likely have him on campus multiple times over the coming months, but he will surely be a player the staff wants at their Elite player Camp this summer. It is very possible could earn a scholarship offer at that time if not sooner.
With offensive line recruiting it is all about projecting what a player can become. Palazeti's best days are certainly ahead of him as he continues to develop more strength and technique. SpartanMag.com will continue to report on Palazeti's recruitment and his development over the coming months. If he continues to progress at the same clip he has the last 12 months, we look for him to become a player that multiple BCS teams will want to add to their 2013 recruiting class.
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