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Friday, June 08, 2018 1:00 am

Vikings lineman chooses Spartans

Huntington North player likes coaches

GREG JONES | The Journal Gazette

Huntington North senior offensive tackle Damon Kaylor recently took a trip to Michigan State and was instantly sold on the Spartans, especially on offensive line coach Mark Staten. 

“The biggest thing for me was getting the chance to go up there a couple of days ago, and I really liked getting to know the coaching staff,” said Kaylor, who committed to Michigan State on Wednesday. “I liked coach Staten a lot. I could really see myself playing for him just because of his blue-collar background.”

Kaylor is the No. 15 overall prospect in Indiana and No. 92 tackle in the nation, according to 24/7 sports. He also recently picked up an offer from Indiana, as well as 17 other offers. Included in that were Vanderbilt, Virginia, Boston College and Cincinnati.

Staten visited Kaylor at Huntington North twice recently to see the 6-foot-6, 315-pounder work out.

“He loved my work ethic,” Kaylor said. 

After attending camps at Indiana and Lindenwood in St. Louis, Kaylor will be attending a Michigan State camp Thursday. With the Vikings, Staten played right tackle as a sophomore and junior and will be lining up at left tackle in the upcoming season. He said it hasn't been decided what position he will play on the line with the Spartans (11-3 last season). 

“I haven't had a chance to talk to them (about position), but I am definitely going to ask them that after the camp Thursday because they will see me more recently move around and play some football and see where (Staten) projects me to play, interior or outside,” Kaylor said. 

With the college commitment out of the way, Kaylor said he can concentrate on helping the Vikings, who were 0-10 last year, on the field.

“It definitely changes a little bit,” Kaylor said of his senior season. “I get to focus now not so much my recruiting, ... but getting better for my team and getting ready to play for Huntington North this upcoming season.” 

gjones@jg.net