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20 CANADA OL/DL JUSTIN STEVENS TALKS MICHIGAN STATE SPARTAN FOOTBALL RECRUITING!
Justin Stevens from Canada made a big move from playing Canadian football in Nova Scotia to playing American football in Mississauga this year. 6’6” and 286#, he is determined to find himself in the United States for college.
Justin took some time to tell Spartan Nation about his move from beautiful Nova Scotia to make the change from Canadian football to American football.
“So, it is a different game. We play a three-down game. I recently just moved to Mississauga from Nova Scotia, so I played the Canadian game my whole life, but now I play the American game. It’s different. It’s fast paced; there’s no third and one, that’s the fourth down. It’s a different game, a different style; end zones are bigger, you’ve got 15-yard end zones. It’s different than the American game.”
With Justin’s size, he has the physique to play at different positions, but Justin feels that tackle will be where he will be most successful.
“I don’t know if I have the speed for a tight end, but I have the speed for the tackle. Coming out of high school that’s one thing that makes me a step ahead of other tackles is I have the speed, I have the agility from playing on the defensive side of the ball.”
Currently, Justin has offers from Buffalo, Toledo, Maine, and Eastern Michigan. Justin feels the ideal time for him to decide between where he will be attending college to play American football will be mid-season this year, and then he is planning to enroll in January early.
Spartan Nation talked with Justin about his offer from Coach Creighton and Eastern Michigan.
“It’s an amazing program. Every day I get a message from them. I talk to them about the coaching staff, coming down to campus. They’re very interested in me, and I have to say I am interested in them too because the support they have for me and the success their program has had with Coach Creighton. It’s hard not to give them any credit for that.”
Recruiting has taken off for Justin with the move from Nova Scotia to Mississauga. He has been building a relationship with people at MSU also.
“Definitely, it first started with one of the GAs and then slowly as it progressed I met the offensive line coach, coach Bollman, and I had a thirty minute talk with him, a great talk with him, we talked about how their offensive line played, the aggressiveness, which strategies they used, and he broke down a lot of the practice film but it was an amazing talk with him. I learned a lot as much as you can learn in a 30-minute conversation. The relationship is great. They’re looking to see how I progress. It’s my first year playing offensive tackle, but I feel great, I feel like I was born to play it.”
Justin made the trip to campus earlier this summer, and it made a great impact on him.
“I was down June 15th for the elite camp. Everyone was super genuine there, and it was like such an awesome family environment. The weight room was incredible. Everywhere I went, I was just blown away by the facilities and the coaching staff. It was awesome. It was a great experience. Being a Canadian, not many Canadians have that experience. I’m very thankful for my opportunity.”
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