Recruiting & Scouting

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Clarkston's Chewins weighing his options with MSU entering the picture

Football   | Scott Burnstein

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Clarkston – With a month to go before National Signing Day, Clarkston senior football star Cole Chewins has a critical decision to make.

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound gridiron standout on both sides of the ball must choose whether to head to the Mid-American Conference right away for his college career or aim for the Big Ten.

Chewins, an all-state selection as an offensive and defensive lineman, but committed to Miami (OH) as a tight end, was recently offered a “grey shirt” by Michigan State. The Spartans want him as an offensive tackle. 

Making a last-minute switch is tempting, especially considering where the offer is coming from.

“I’m truly honored,” said Chewins of the interest he’s gotten from the Spartans. “The fact that the coaching staff in East Lansing believes that I have the ability to play at that level and in that conference means a lot to me. It’s something I can’t take lightly and will have to deeply consider.” 

Walled Lake Western 2014-grad Kyle Bambard, an all-state placekicker, elected to accept a grey shirt from N. C. State and after spending this past fall as an assistant coach for the Warriors, he just finished his first week of classes at the school’s Raleigh, North Carolina campus.

Besides Michigan State and Miami (OH), Chewins holds scholarship offers from Ball State, Kent State, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan.

He helped lead Clarkston to repeat Division 1 state crowns in 2013 and 2014 (the first two in school history) and he is equally talented in the classroom, sporting a 4.0 grade-point average.

“I’m quite certain he’s going to give a lift to whatever program he winds up at, on and off the field, that’s the kind of kid Cole is,” longtime Clarkston football coach Kurt Richardson said.

On the basketball floor, Chewins plays in the post for the eight-time defending OAA Red-champion Clarkston hoop squad.