Football mlive.com —  Michigan State lines up seventh in the nation and No. 2 in the Big Ten East Division, according to the Athlon Sports preseason football magazine. The magazine notes the Spartans' strength and experience at quarterback and on both the offensive and defensive lines.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Over the last five weeks, MSU has landed eleven verbal football commits for the 2016 class. I wasn't a math major (shocking, right?), but it does seem to me that averaging 2.2 commits per week is an unsustainable trend. Due to low levels of attrition, MSU recruiting classes have been relatively small; the largest were classes of 23 in 2007 and 2009. Comparatively, Ohio State took 28 guys in the 2014 class and 27 guys in the 2015 class. But just how large could the 2016 class be for MSU?
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Football mlive.com —  There might not be a more inexact science of mainstream sports analysis than that of high school football recruiting, with different services ranking different players at different levels based on their limited observations. A newer recruiting ranking formula worth looking at is the "Rank by Offers" website, which bases team and player rankings on the number of offers the players receive.
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Football mlive.com —  "What separates Mark Dantonio in this profession that make him special, number one, he is the most genuine, caring person I've worked with in this profession, and so is his wife, Becky,'' Allen said on 'The Griff and Grinz Show' on Lansing's 92.1 FM, The Team. "Number two he's very creative, he's a very smart man, he knows what direction he wants to go and every day he pushes that forward."
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Football freep.com —  Maya Washington, daughter of MSU standout Gene Washington, is working on 'Through the Banks of the Red Cedar' about her dad and MSU football in the 1960s.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Quinn Nordin of Rockford, Michigan, holding the No. 1 ranking among all high school kickers, received an offer from Michigan State on Friday.
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Football spreaker.com —  Jack and Matt Charboneau talk with Palatine (IL) safety Kenney Lyke, who announced Friday afternoon that he was committed to play football at Michigan State.



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Football freep.com —  The Michigan State dream class is growing again after a rare, quiet week -- add safety Kenney Lyke's name to a list of 2016 verbal commitments that now numbers 13. Eleven of those pledges have been part of a springtime wave, starting with Huber Heights, Ohio quarterback Messiah deWeaver on April 22. Exactly one month later, Lyke picked the Spartans over finalists Notre Dame, Oregon and Baylor at his high school, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd. "I'm looking forward to being a student-athlete and winning a national championship at the Michigan State University," Lyke said at his press conference.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's self-named "Dream Team 16" is getting an assist in the recruitment of Naquan Jones from the ringleader of a class of recruits that in 2014 called themselves the "Spartan Savage Squad.''


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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook and offensive tackle Jack Conklin are becoming popular picks to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft next year, according to ESPN's top draft experts. Mel Kiper put out his "too-early 2016 Big Board" and both Spartans are among the top 15 along with other Big Ten stars.
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Football spreaker.com —  Jack and Rico Beard, and later, Sean Scherer of 247 Sports (Spartantailgate.com) talk football and basketball recruiting.


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Football mlive.com —  Naquan Jones, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle out of Evanston, Illinois, said he's still considering picking Michigan State along with SEC schools South Carolina and Florida. Jones, appearing on "The Griff and Grinz Show" on Lansing's 92.1 FM The Team, said he plans to take an unofficial visit to Florida soon
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Football msuspartans.com —  he Michigan State-Oregon game on Sept. 12 in Spartan Stadium will be featured on ABC's Saturday Night Football, the Big Ten Conference and ESPN announced on Thursday. The game was already announced as an 8 p.m. start.
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Football spartanavenue.com —  Michigan State has been looking for a guy who can legitimately lead the Spartans to a national title and contend for a Heisman Trophy. Connor Cook is that guy.
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Football spartanavenue.com —  Michigan State is absolutely loaded with wide receiver talent for the next few years, including for the 2015 season. However, Mark Dantonio is looking toward the future, offering the No. 1 overall wide out in the class of 2017, Trevon Grimes from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Grimes is ranked the No. 1 receiver in the country in the 2017 class and No. 7 overall player, according to 247Sports.
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Football detroitnews.com —  With Jack Conklin potentially having the opportunity to declare for the NFL draft after this season and being an early choice, Michigan State is looking to add competition to the offensive tackle spot in this recruiting class. One easy way to do that is with junior college players, and one of the top JUCO tackles in the country, Brooklyn (N.Y.) ASA College's Charles Baldwin, was offered by the Spartans recently.
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Football mlive.com —  Morris, who is projected to grow into an outside linebacker at Michigan State, made his verbal commitment to the Spartans on May 12. But will the offers from the Irish and Badgers sway his future plans? "I don't think they will, I'm still 100 percent with Spartans,'' Morris said. "When I went up there (East Lansing), it felt like home and a place I wanted to be.''
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Football espn.go.com —  Le'Veon Bell's 1,361 rushing yards were second most in the NFL last year, but the season did not end as planned: After hyperextending his knee in the Steelers' regular-season finale, Bell missed the playoffs. Then in April, he was hit with a three-game suspension stemming from an August arrest for driving under the influence of and possessing marijuana. Set to begin his third season, the Pittsburgh star back says he's ready to play -- as soon as the league will let him.
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Football sportingnews.com —  The Sporting News has released a ranking of the top college football coaches and Mark Dantonio comes in third. That is up three spots from their previous rankings. Urban Meyer and Nick Saban are the only two coaches ranked ahead of Coach Dantonio.
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Football espn.go.com —  MSU has ridden its all-world D and run-the-ball-down-your-throat O to two straight top-five finishes. The Spartans now count themselves among the nation’s elite, but will that translate to a playoff spot? Dates against Oregon and Ohio State—last year’s championship combatants—hold the key.
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