December 16, 2009

The final five?

Michigan State is in the process of putting the finishing touches on the class of 2010. Spartanmag.com takes a look at how things might play out. The Spartans currently have 16 commitments for the class. Based on the current roster, the class will likely number somewhere around 20 to 21 members come signing day. SpartanMag.com takes a look at how things might breakdown.




QUARTERBACK: Joe Boisture

Status: (Done)


RUNNING BACK: Nick Hill, LeVeon Bell

Status: (1 more) The Spartans have experienced significant attrition at this spot the past few months and that has changed the need. Bell was the most recent addition and though he is listed as a running back, it is not out of the realm of possibilities that he will end up being a short-yardage or even fullback. As one person put it, add 15-pounds and teach him to pass protect and you have an athletic fullback that can catch the ball out of the backfield. The Spartans would love to add a speedster like James White of Florida to the class. If they miss on him a player like Jeremy Langford of westland John Glenn could slide into this role.


WIDE RECEIVER: Tony Lippett, Keith Mumphery

Status: (done) The Spartans could easily add another quality wideout as several players would jump at a chance to join the class. However, it seems as if the staff has more pressing needs to fill first. Highly thought of recruits like DyJuan Lewis and Torian Richardson would certainly be solid additions, but the staff feels they have to address other positions first.


TIGHT END: None

Status: See defensive end


OFFENSIVE LINE: Skyler Schofner, Michael Dennis, Travis Jackson

Status: (possibly 1) The Spartans have taken several high-level offensive line prospects the past few years and that should pay off down the line. A few weeks ago it looked as if they were done at this spot, but the recent attrition could open up a spot for 1 more. Eric Franklin of Cardinal Mooney seems like he would have the inside track, but in-state prospect Connor Kruse had a solid senior year and is also on the radar. A sleep for this spot could be Kent King of Gladstone, Michigan. King was one of the best OL prospects we saw this summer at the Spartan camp. He made an early commit to CMU, but with Coach Jones leaving for Cincinnati he could look around. King would have certainly garnered Big Ten offers if he did not commit early.


DEFENSIVE END: William Gholston, Marcus Rush, Taylor Calero

Status: ( 1 more) The Spartans have an excellent group coming in, but 1 more addition would make this a great class. Sherard Cadogan would be a perfect fit as not only could he be an outstanding DE, but he also has tight end ability. Considering the Spartans have not signed a tight end, Cadogan would be in a win/win situation. He could make an impact on defense or slide to offense and be the only tight end signed. If he opts to go elsewhere, Jayrone Elliott is a player who is still on the radar. Elliott had a great senior year for Glenville and is working on his grades. Getting a Glenville product could not hurt for 2011 either. Another prospect that is now on the radar is West Virginia commitment Davion Rogers. He is listed as an outside linebacker, but defensive end is likely where the 6-foot-6, 220-pound prospect will end up after a year at the training table.


DEFENSIVE TACKLE: None

Status: (1 more, possibly 2). The Spartans really need to add a quality defensive tackle to this class. Not only have they not signed anyone at this spot year, but Blake Treadwell did not redshirt. The Spartans are making a strong push for Jibreel Black who committed to Cincinnati befroe Brian Kelly left. Black would be an excellent addition. Black is listed as a defensive end, but he could easily slid down and be a quick tackle at around 270-pounds. Bruce Gaston of Illinois would be a very good addition as well. Notre Dame is trying to get involved with him again and that could be a big hurdle. The Spartans are also after some southern tacles like Carlton Martin of Mississippi and Jerome Davis of Gerogia. Either prospect would be a very good addition. Kenneth Kirksey of Daytona Beach is a stud DT, but he may have some grade issues that need to be worked out. Signing 1 of the above is critical for this class. If 2 of teh above wanted to commit to the Spartans, one woudl assume they would not turn them down.

LINEBACKER: Max Bullough

Status: (Done)Michigan State did a great job of addressing this spot with the class of 2009 and with Bullough they have the pro-typical MIKE. The Spartans have plenty of depth at this position right now due to the movement of some bigger safety prospects. If they go after guys listed as linebackers, it is probably with the idea that they can play defensive end or DPR in college.


CORNERBACK: Mylan Hicks

Status: The Spartans need to add another cornerback to this class. Dior Mathis is a done deal to Oregon. Christian Bryant is likely headed to Ohio State. That mean the staff needs to address this position. This is where Florida recruiting could come into play. Florida always has plenty of uncommitted players that have a lot of speed. One player the staff has made contact with is Tre Boston of North Fort Myers. Boston committed to Cincinnati, but now he is exploring his options due to the coaching change. Another high-level Florida cornerback still available is Rashad Knight of Jacksonville. The Wolverines have been after him for a while and Michigan State could make a move here.

Safety: Commitment from Isaiah Lewis and Kurtis Drummond
Status (1 more)
The Spartans have commitments from two quality players here, but that doesn't mean they are done. The loss of Dan Fortner, Kendell Davis-Clark and Ashton Henderson make this position very thin. With many team using 4 or even 5 WR sets, having safeties that can also play cornerback is valuable. The Spartans had Jerome Speights visit and he is still a possibility. We will have more on Speights in the near future. Apparently Mike Dorsey will also be visiting Michigan State with fellow West Virginia commitment Davion Rogers. Expect Rogers and Dorsey to attend the same college no matter where they end up.


Kicker/Punter Commitment from Mike Sadler
Status: Done


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