Spartans Add Quarterback To 2007 Football Recruiting Class

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Nick Foles threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and just four interceptions as a senior at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas.

EAST LANSING, mich. – Nick Foles, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound quarterback from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, signed a National Letter of Intent on Sunday, Feb. 18 to attend Michigan State University. Foles became the 21st member of the Spartans’ 2007 football recruiting class.

“We’re extremely excited about adding Nick Foles to our 2007 recruiting class,” first-year Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said. “We were fortunate to sign two of the nation’s most-talented quarterbacks in this class, with Nick joining Kirk Cousins (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian High School). We anticipate Nick providing immediate competition at the quarterback position.”

Here’s a brief bio sketch for Foles along with comments from Coach Dantonio:

Nick Foles
QB •  6-5 •  235
Austin, Texas (Westlake High School)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report All-America Team . . . rated among the nation’s top 200 prospects by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report (No. 184) . . . ranked among the nation’s top drop-back/pro-style quarterbacks by Max Emfinger (No. 18) and (No. 30) . . . also listed among the country’s top signal callers by Scouts, Inc. (No. 46) and (No. 52) . . . rated among the Southwest’s top seniors by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report (No. 37) . . . named to SuperPrep’s All-Southwest Team and PrepStar’s All-Midlands Team . . . ranked among the state’s top 100 seniors by SuperPrep (No. 93), (No. 94), (No. 99) and the Houston Chronicle . . . rated among the state’s top quarterbacks by the Houston Chronicle (No. 8) . . . fourth-team all-state selection by . . . honorable mention Class 5A all-state pick by the Texas Sports Writers Association (TSWA) . . . selected Central Texas (All-Centex) Player of the Year by the Austin American-Statesman . . . first-team All-Central Texas (Class 5A) choice by . . . named Offensive MVP of the All-District (25-5A) Team . . . two-year starter for Coach Derek Long at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas . . . completed 187-of-280 throws (.668) for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and just four interceptions as a senior while leading the Chaparrals to a 12-3 record including a trip to the Class 5A Division I championship game against Southlake Carroll . . . had nine 200-yard passing games in 2006, including a season-high 319 vs. Seguin . . . hit 24-of-43 passes for 299 yards vs. Southlake Carroll . . . completed 17-of-25 throws for 238 yards and four TDs in a 35-32 victory over Pearland in the state semifinals . . . connected on 17-of-20 passes for 285 yards and five scores vs. Los Fresnos in the regional . . . played the last 12 games of the 2006 season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder . . . named to the All-Texas 5A All-Junior Team by . . . threw for 2,353 yards and 23 TDs as a junior . . . passed for a school-record 383 yards vs. Hays Consolidated in 2005 . . . set school career records for passing yards (5,658) and passing TDs (56), breaking marks previously held by Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) . . . three-year starter and two-time team MVP for Coach Ben Faulkner’s Westlake basketball team . . . averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds in 2005-06 while earning all-district honors . . . led the district in rebounding as a sophomore . . . earned Academic All-District honors in football and basketball . . . son of Larry and Melissa Foles . . . born Jan. 20, 1989 . . . plans to pursue a degree in either business or education.

Mark Dantonio on Nick Foles:
“Nick Foles has all the physical attributes that you’re looking for in a quarterback. He has the physical stature to go along with the arm strength to throw the ball down field effectively. Nick posted some incredible passing numbers as a senior, especially when you consider that he played in a pro-style attack. The number that really jumps out at me is the four interceptions in 280 passing attempts – that’s making good decisions and taking care of the football. He accomplished great things in a very competitive high school league and environment, leading his team to the Texas big-school championship game. Nick is an intelligent football player, who also possesses great leadership skills. In addition, he’s a great competitor, who showed his toughness by playing the last 12 games of his senior year with a significant shoulder injury. Honestly, his intangibles impress me as much as his physical tools do.”

Props to MSU SID John Lewandowski for this info.