Mark Dantonio has landed his number one Tight End target in the class of 2013, Dylan Chmura. Plucked straight out of Badger Country, Chmura hails from Waukesha, Wisconsin. Standing at 6â€™6â€ and about 225 pounds, he will undoubtedly be a preferred target for his quarterback at Michigan State.
Chmura felt his choice to play in East Lansing was an easy one, and it started with the constant pursuit of the Spartans coaching staff.
â€œ[Michigan State] really made an effort to get to know the person before extending a scholarship offer to them,â€ said Chmura.Â â€œThey were recruiting me since the beginning of my sophomore year and Coach Salem developed a friendly relationship and thatâ€™s what really turned me on to the Spartans was the way the coaches went about becoming good friends with the recruits.â€
Spartans fans are sure to like Chmuraâ€™s philosophy about the game of football, because in the Big Ten, his mindset is the only way to survive.
â€œYour out [on the field] to get contact, not run away from people,â€ said Chmura.
The Waukesha West product has been out of football for the past year as he recovered from an ACL tear. Chmura believes he is 100% healed and ready to prove to doubters that he is ready for football.
â€œI had my surgery done last April,â€ said Chmura. â€œMy doctor told me at 9 to 11 months I will be 100% perfect and there will be no problems.Â He was amazed because I could have actually played about 5 months off of the surgery but we decided it was the wise thing to save me for the camps and not get hurt.â€
Before Chmura steps out onto the gridiron wearing the Green and White, he would like to improve a major part of his game.
â€œI would like to be a little faster, thatâ€™s something I can work on,â€ explained Chmura.Â â€œGetting a little more crisp in my route running would be a good thing, a little more physical at the point of attack and getting my footwork right, little things like that would be the things I want to improve on for next year.â€
One of the major selling points that landed Chmuraâ€™s commitment, the pro-style offense that is run by Michigan State.
â€œI didnâ€™t want to go somewhere that runs an entirely spread offense,â€ said Chmura. â€œI like a pro-style offense, a west coast offense is great.Â One, two, three tight end sets is what I was looking for and when I saw that out of [Michigan State] I was very impressed with the way they incorporated everything.
Spartan fans will also be happy to know that Chmura features Tight End pedigree in his make-up.Â His father, Mark Chmura, was two-time All-Pro selection with the Green Bay Packers after they picked him in the sixth round of the 1993 NFL Draft.