Chris Frey is hoping the Upper Arlington football team's defense takes a step forward next fall after losing back-to-back games by 38 or more points for the first time in program history early last season.

The 6-2, 217-pound outside linebacker then will play for a defense he has great respect for -- Michigan State's.

On May 15, Frey verbally committed to become the eighth member of the Spartans' 2014 recruiting class. According to this Detroit Free Press article, Frey will graduate early and enroll at MSU in January of 2014 so he can participate in spring football.

Frey is ranked the 38th-best outside linebacker in the nation according to

"I chose Michigan State for a few reasons," Frey said. "One (is) the fact that they are great on the defensive side of the ball. (The Spartans are) top of the Big Ten and top five in the nation. Two, the coaching staff. The coaching staff is amazing. They showed me so much love and showed me that I could be a key part of the defense. I could get playing time early.

"And lastly, academics. I will get a great degree from there."

Last season, UA ended on a three-game winning streak to go 6-4 overall and 5-2 in the OCC-Central Division.

Frey was first-team all-league and special mention all-district after finishing with 31 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks and 136 total tackles. He also rushed for 645 yards and 10 touchdowns on 67 carries and caught six passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns while playing running back.