July 20, 2012

Spartans lead for Cali DT

One of the players that Michigan State fans are very interested in is Kyle Peko of Cerritos Community College in California. The 6-foot-2, 295-pound prospect is one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the nation and he has some solid family connections to the Spartan program.

Peko, as many may know, is cousins with former Spartan standouts Situpe and Domata. The two Peko brothers came to Michigan State and not only had outstanding college careers, but also ended up playing in the NFL. The Spartan Staff is hoping that Kyle can follow that same path to East Lansing and eventually the National Football League.

Peko has an impressive list of scholarships and he told SpartanMag.com about the teams that have offered and are showing him the most interest at this point in his recruitment.

"I have offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Texas tech, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Michigan State, Washington State, Utah, BYU and Pitt. All of those schools seem very interested in me."

In addition to being related to Domata and Situpe, Kyle is also friends with current Spartan offensive tackle Fou Fonoti. Fonoti attended Cerritos College before coming to Michigan State. Peko told Paul Konyndyk of SpartanMag.com the following:

"I keep in touch and talk to Fou. His brother Philo is on my team right now, so I always know what is going on with Fou. He says nothing but great things about Michigan State. He loves it up there. He loves the coaches, the program, the players, everything."

Michigan State will graduate both starting defensive tackles after the 2012 season in Anthony Rashad-White and Tyler Hoover. For that reason they need a player who can come in and compete for immediate playing time. Having a prospect in for spring always increases the chances of that player making a significant impact in their first year of Division 1 football. We asked Peko about his eligibility and his thoughts on the Spartans.

"I will graduate mid-year," he said. "To be honest, they (Michigan State) are at the top of the list. They are probably my number one as of right now."

Michigan State is tight on scholarships, but it is possible they will have a spot or two open up due to early entry into the NFL. It is that scholarship spot that Peko could assume if he decides to become a member of the Spartan family.

SpartanMag.com will be following Peko's recruitment this fall. If Kyle Peko comes to Michigan State and has a solid career the Peko family will certainly have to be mentioned in the same breath as the Duckett's and Bullough's as far as contributing to the success of the Michigan State program.

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