Michigan State target passes on scholarship to walk-on at Northwestern

Turning down a scholarship offer isn’t something you see very often. And it’s hardly ever the case on National Signing Day.

But that was the decision two-star defensive lineman Joe Spivak made.

Instead of taking Michigan State up on a scholarship offer, he passed on that opportunity and, instead, plans to walk-on at Northwestern.

Some Ivy League programs had interest in Spivak and the Spartans offered him late in the process. But for the defensive prospect, none of those opportunities compared to Northwestern.

He told 247 Sports:

Everything went back to Northwestern. Everything was compared to Northwestern.

Northwestern is really the embodiment of everything I’ve worked for my entire life and I’m not ready to give that up. It’s one of the primary educations in the world. Obviously it’s Big Ten football and they’re a program I want to be around and I known through my experiences being around them with recruiting it’s a program that’s going to change my life and make me the man I dream about.

The decision to turn down an offer from Michigan State is particularly surprisingly, considering the amount of success the Spartans have enjoyed recently.

Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has won three B1G titles in the past seven years and has made an appearance in the College Football Playoff.

Northwestern has been consistent under Pat Fitzgerald, but haven’t really been in the picture for a B1G title.

This might be one of the more interesting decisions you’ll hear about on National Signing Day and it’s certainly a story that’ll be brought up often if Spivak is successful with the Wildcats.

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