With signing day around the corner, i feel i should keep Spartan fans informed with our current commitments and possible future commitments. Unfortunatley, i have 2 exams on Wednesday and will miss one of the favorite days of the year…. but that doesn’t stop me from following it all! so here is how it is looking spartans.
1: Onaje Miller- Onaje was the first commitment to the 2011 recruiting class for the Spartans. Miller is a very scrappy runner, who IMO draws comparisons to Javon Ringer in many ways. Miller was an absolute force for Lansing Sexton this year and could project as either a RB or a DB. Miller’s 3* 5.6 ranking in my opinion is very weak and will suprise many.
2: Lawrence Thomas- LT is the highest ranked recruit the Spartan’s currently have committed and is quite an intruiging prospect. LT was a 5* before his all star game and was lowered to 4* due to his position dilemma. LT is currently listed as a MLB but is almost guarenteed to be playing with a hand down in college. LT is currently 6-4 and around 250 pounds.
3. Taiwan Jones- Taiwan Jones is already one of the more impressive looking prospects the Spartans have signed in a while. Over the summer, Jones was criticized for his lack of dominance on the field. Well, This year Jones did it all for New Anchor bay and strived both offensively and defensively. Jones projects as a Linebacker, but has the athleticism to play multiple positions. Jones actually dominated this season at the RB position, pretty impressive for somebody 6-3.
4. Connor Cook- Connor Cook became the lone Spartan QB commit when he commited to Michigan State on 4/11/10. Cook is a tall, good sized quarterback who looks to be able to deliver rocket passes while possessing the speed to throw off opposing defenses. Cook commited very early, but was one of the most impressive QB at the Elite 11 combine/camps. Rumor has it, Cook was invited to the final Elite 11 QB camp but decided to participate in the Michigan State camp instead….what a Spartan.
5. Andre Sims Jr.- It was a bit of a shocker when Sims originally commited to Michigan State. It isn’t everyday a kid from Georgia commits to MSU so early in the process. Sims is listed at a small 5-9, but possesses the speed to be able to strive in the slot position. Sims also has enough speed and athleticism to play DB. Sims Brookwood HS won the state championship and Andre managed to score on an 87 yard kickoff return.
6. Paul Lang- Paul Lang was recruited by MSU to fill a suddenly short TE unit. Lang earned an offer when he was named the top performing TE at the MSU camp over the summer. Lang is listed at 6-5 and has the athleticism to strive in Michigan States air attack. Lang attends Pennsylvania powerhouse Mt. Lebanon and is one of the best players on their basketball teams.
7. Joel Heath- Heath is quite an exciting prospect at the DE position, seeing as he stands 6-6 and over 250 pounds. It is known that he is extremely raw, but with some good coaching and hard work his ceiling is monstrous. I expect Heath to end up being an exceptional defensive end for the Spartans.
8. Mark Scarpinato- Scarpinato is one of two commitments from the state of Wisconsin. besides the fact they feed their kids babies in wisconsin, Scarpinato brings a mean motor that seems to never slow down. Scarpinato earned a scholarship after a strong performance at the MSU summer camp.
9. Trae Waynes- Waynes is one of the fastest recruits that Michigan State has ever signed. It was reported that at the MSU summer camp, Waynes posted a sub 4.3 40 yard dash. Waynes was recruited as a defensive back and will help with depth for the future. Unfortunately, Waynes saw his senior season come to an end when he broke his fibula and tore ligaments in his knee. Expect Waynes to recover quickly and compete this upcoming fall.
10. Ed Davis- Ed Davis adds to the already impressive list of Detroit PSL players to join the Spartan family. The Spartans fought hard in the Davis recruitment and beat out the likes of Michigan and Iowa. Davis is listed as a LB and is a strong addition to the strong LB class of 2011. Any time you can sign a prospect from Southeastern, you are strengthening up the pipeline to the PSL.
11. Arjen Colquhoun- You don’t see too many recruits coming out of Canada, but when Windsor is in your back yard i guess you have an advantage. Arjen had a VERY strong showing at the MSU camp and apparently also turned heads at Notre Dame’s camp. it appears as if Arjen is going to play safety and it should fit him perfect due to his strong hitting ability. Arjen enrolled early and is currently participating with the team.
12. Darien Harris- Darien Harris hails from the crab cake state (MD) and just so happens to play for powerhouse DeMatha. Harris is listed as a linebacker, but this season excelled at RB for DeMatha. Harris brings speed and toughness to the LB corps. Hopefully he can convince teammate Darian Cooper to also ink with the green and white.
13. Jack Allen- Whenever you have the opportunity to sign a solid center, it makes the quarterbacks job a helluva lot easier. Jack Allen decided to ink with the Spartans over offers from the likes of Iowa and Wisconsin…think those two schools know a thing or two about the offensive line? Oh, did i mention that Allen is an All State wrestler?
highlights (via rivals)-http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-football/Jack-Allen-Highlights-1-75261;_ylt=ApGYvItYkeMN3vUUkK1F53iNspB4
14. Donovan Clark- There is no way to describe clark other than BEAST. I had the chance to see him during his official visit and he was HUGE. Clark is listed at 6-2 300 pounds. Clark hailed offers from the likes of USC and Tennessee. Clark should end up being a solid starter for the Spartan offensive line.
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14. Roger Williamson- Williamson is one of the most under rated prospects in the state of Ohio. Williamson is listed as a WR in the rivals database, but looks to play defensive back for Michigan State. Williamson had offers from schools such as West Virginia and Stanford. Expect Williamson to be one of those guys Ohio State regrets ignoring (ALA BJ Cunningham, Jerel Worthy and LeVeon Bell)
15. Damon Knox- finally the Spartans once again strike in Muskegon. After the whole Ronald Johnson thing, its safe to say we are scarred by Muskegon. However, Knox looks to be an absolute beast and took care of his problems in the classrom. Knox would have gotten a lot more publicity had he not dug himself a hole early in HS. Knox still pulled off an offer from Michigan and looks to be a beast.
16. Shilique Calhoun- Let me start by saying this kid kind of looks like Lebron James. either way, Calhoun was a very solid addition to the Spartan family due to his athleticism and ability to play numerous positions. Calhoun is projected to play DE and also could get a shot at TE. With the help of Ken Mannie, this kid could put on some serious weight. Calhoun also strives on the basketball court.
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17. Juwan Caesar- The Spartans once again get a solid late addition from the sunshine state! Caesar is an absolute monster who reminds me of a poor man’s Plaxico Burress. Caesar is listed at 6-4 and makes defensive backs look tiny. Look for Caesar to be a solid possession receiver for years to come.
highlights (via rivals)- http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-football/Juwan-Ceasar-Highlights-1-888681;_ylt=ApGYvItYkeMN3vUUkK1F53iNspB4
18. Matthew Ramondo- As the biggest surprise yet, Ramondo committed to MSU after his official visit. Ramondo had originally committed to ASU, but was unsure of the shaky situation their program was in. Ramondo won New Mexico OL of the year, beating out All American Matthew Haggerty (ND commit). Expect big things out of Ramondo people.
19. Brandon Clemons- Clemons is the most recent addition to the 2011 class. Clemons is a big bruiser out of Pennsylvania and is listed as a 4* recruit by rivals. Clemons has the ability to play on either sides of the ball and was a huge momentum signing for the Spartans. Clemons also has a Michael Oher type story, which i will blog about in the future i am sure.
highlights (via rivals)-http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-football/Brandon-Clemons-Highlights-1-822926;_ylt=AmYMeNW_g0l5sdSr23IXNIQh7qB4
Michigan State also signed 2 walk ons for this class.
1. A.J. Troup- Troup is a tall athletic receiver from Minnesota and has assured me personally he is going to make the most out of his oppurtunity. Troups height and athleticism gives him advantages over smaller defensive backs and i fully expect him to eventually have a great shot at earning a scholarship.
2. Kyle Lints- Lints perfomed very well at the MSU summer camp and many expected him to earn a scholarship. Lints eventually committed to Ball State, but had a change of heart and decided to be a prefer walk on at Michigan State. Lints (like last year’s Conner Kruse) has an exceptional shot at earning a scholarship in the future.
my signing day predictions shall be released tomorrow!