February 27, 2008

Spartans offer Virginia QB

Michigan State did not sign a quarterback for the class of 2008. In addition, they will be graduating their starting quarterback after this season. Add that up and you have a team looking to sign a top flight signal caller for the class of 2009. Bryn Renner of Virginia will be one of the top quarterback in the nation for next year and SpartanMag.com spoke with him last night.

Renner is a dynamic 6-foot-3, 195-pound athlete that already has several scholarships on the table and will certainly pick up more as the camp and combine season kicks into high gear over the next few months.

This past fall Renner completed 214 of 339 passes for 2749-yards and 32 touchdowns. He also rushed for close to 600 yards. For his efforts he was named 1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-District and District Player of the Year. Those stats are even more amazing when you consider last fall was Renner's first year at quarterback. As a sophomore he backed up Elite 11 Quarterback Peter Lalich who signed with Virginia.

SpartanMag.com asked him about the schools that have current offered him a scholarship.

"I have offers from Virginia Tech, Michigan State, North Carolina and Ohio University," Renner said. "I was offered by North Carolina this past weekend. I was down there for the Air 7 Quarterback Camp."

How did the offer from Michigan State came about?

"They offered me last week," Renner said. "I was getting lots of mail from them then they spoke with my dad(coach). I was able to talk with both Coach Dantonio and Coach Warner. They said they really liked me and that they wanted to offer me a scholarship. I hope to get out there sometime to see what it is like."

Getting out to Michigan State may have to wait until the summer when the Spartan camp is in session as Renner has a very busy spring. He is an outstanding baseball player and starts playing baseball next week. He will squeeze in a visit to Penn State to compete in the NIKE and Elite 11 tryout camp duirng early May.

In addition to the schools mentioned above, Renner is also hearing from other top programs like Maryland, Virginia, Notre Dame, Penn State and Vanderbilt.

Renner is one of those rare players today that still excels in 3 sports in high school. In fact, he has thought about playing baseball and football in college. Renner is a standout shortstop that can hit for average and power.

"It is something I would like to do, but I will just have to see how things go. I know it would be very difficult, but I would like to at least have the option," he said.

The last two Spartan quarterbacks, Brian Hoyer and Drew Stanton were also outstanding baseball players who likely could have played Division 1 baseball if they wanted.

In addition to his exploits on the gridiron and diamond, Renner also is an exceptional basketball player. He just finished up a junior season in which he led the region in scoring, 28-poins per game.

As far as a favorite school at this point, Renner indicated that he is trying to keep an open mind, though the in-state Hokies do hold a special place for him.

"My dad played for Virginia Tech and the Green Bay Packers," he said. "My mom was a Virginia Tech cheerleader and my grandparents live right near Blacksburg and are season ticket holders."

Renner's dad played for the Hokies when Bruce "Bad Things" Smith was roaming the field for Virginia Tech.

With all those ties it would seem like any team would be fighting an uphill battle for Renner, but he indicated that he hopes to visit the schools that have offered him like North Carolina and Michigan State to meet the coaches and see the campuses.

Like Michigan State, Virginia Tech did not take a quarterback in 2008. They return senior Sean Glennon and sophomore sensation Tyrod Taylor this fall. The presence of Taylor is likely one of the reasons that 2008 4-star quarterback Mike Glennon opted to go to N.C State.

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Renner over the coming months. It was not the long ago that a quarterback from out east visited Michigan State and fell in love with the campus and staff. That quarterback re-wrote the Spartan record book. Could lightning strike twice?

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