A Good Look at How the 2010 Football Class May Fill Out

Drew Augustana

At the beginning of the week, the Spartan coaching staff had 9 scholarships at their disposal for the current recruiting class. With the addition of LeVeon Bell, FB from Ohio, the staff has nine scholarships remaining.

 

Langoford's Speed and Off Field Character Make Him a True Prize!  Photo Courtesy of John Glenn High School.
Langoford's Speed and Off Field Character Make Him a True Prize! Photo Courtesy of John Glenn High School.

The following article will look at the most likely scenario for those 9 scholarships, keep in mind this staff is not one to burn scholarships. If there are not players who will improve the program and fit the needs of the team, they will save scholarships for next year.

Current Walk-ons:

Jonathon Strayhorn and D.J. Young both played saw significant playing time this season and have proved their worth to the coaches in practice. Expect both to receive scholarships for their hard work next year.

Transfers:

Multiple players have expressed interest in transferring to Michigan State to play for this coaching staff. However, this staff does not want to send the message that they will take any player after they try another program out and realize it wasn’t for them. The Spartans will be very specific on need and character before they take a youngster. Spartan Nation has learned of MULTIPLE players who have interest in transferring to MSU. 

Current Commits to Other Schools :

A lot of coaching changes have been made in the Midwest (Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Central Michigan, Illinois) in the past couple of weeks and this could lead to some decommitments. Don’t expect the coaching staff to take more than one of these prospects, if any choose to decommit.

The two most likely prospects are currently committed to Cincinnati: Jibreel Black and Dyjuan Lewis. Michigan State was going after both of these prospects extremely hard before their commitments and with any signs of a decommitment coming; the coaching staff will be right on top of it.

Dyjuan Lewis is a 4-star WR (#19 WR in country) from Indianapolis, Indiana. He has the size, speed and athletic ability to play immediately as a freshman. The combination of new coaches in Cincy and the loss of depth in the Spartans receiving corps could respark Lewis’ interest in the Spartans.

Jibreel Black is a 3-star DE (#24 DE) from Cincinnati, Ohio. Black has said that he will wait until the new staff is brought in before he makes any decisions about his future. If he reopens his recruiting, expect Michigan State to be at the top of his list.

Offensive Recruits  – The offensive prospects still in the running have all been detailed here before and are the following:

James White – RB – Fort Lauderdale, Florida. White holds Michigan State high on his list and could see immediate playing time due to the lack of depth at RB for next season (only Caper and Baker returning).

Sherard Cadogan – TE – Cherry Hill, New Jersey – Tight End is one position where Michigan State boasts a lot of depth, this hurts Cadogan’s chances, but his athleticism and versatility are keeping him in the running to be a Spartan.

Eric Franklin – OT – Youngstown, Ohio – There is no such thing as too many Offensive Linemen. The game is won in the trenches and Franklin would add more size and depth to the O-Line.

Jeremy Langford-RB-Wayne, Michigan-Speed and school combined with more speed for Langford. He is from the same school as Keshawn Martin and MSU can thank his AD Brian Swinehart for once again promoting a future star. With Colorado all over the young man, I still would think MSU is the school to beat.

Defensive Recruits – Arguably the most important needs on the current Spartan roster are interior D-Linemen and Defensive Backs. The staff realizes this and has been working hard to load up at those positions.  MSU is in the running for where they will play college ball.

Ricky Heimuli – DT – Salt Lake City, Utah – The biggest DT of the current recruits and has the best chance of seeing immediate playing time.

Mike Thornton – DT – Stone Mountain, Georgia – Needs to fill out his frame with Coach Mannie, but his current combination of speed and strength makes him a dominant run stopper.

Bruce Gaston Jr. – DT – Chicago, Illinois – Has the size and strength, needs to show dedication to the weight room and conditioning to be able to endure a Big Ten season.

Kenneth Kirksey – DT – Daytona Beach, Florida – Quickest of the DT’s with the best explosion but lacks the strength to get off blocks if he doesn’t speed past the O-Line.

Christian Bryant – CB – Cleveland, Ohio – Arguably the best prospect remaining on the board, has good speed, great ball skills and a tremendous work ethic. He is a very physical corner and would see immediate playing time as a Spartan.

Dior Mathis – CB – Detroit, Michigan – Displays great technique and body positioning when defending the pass. The biggest concern with him is his height, but his football skills and athleticism make up for his size. Would see immediate playing time at MSU.

Rashad Knight – CB – Jacksonville, Florida – Has incredible speed and leaping ability, but this has led to poor technique. Has great potential but will need to show dedication to watching film and improving his technique to see immediate playing time.

Avery Williams – CB – Washington D.C. – Has very good speed, good ball skills, and displays very good body positioning. He is one of the most instinctive players in the country and shows great reactions. Has the ability to play corner or safety, but his size leads him towards the corner route.

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