17 hours ago

Wherever he goes, DaShon Bussell plans on making an immediate impact. Whether at wide receiver or defensive back, the 6-foot-2 Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) athlete wants to see the field early. He feels his versatility gives him a good shot at doing just that. Bussell projects by many as a receiver, and Michigan State likes him there, as well. But in doing his research, the junior found himself intrigued by the possibilities at defensive back at East Lansing.

Source: Land of 10

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1 day ago

You won’t often see Michigan State go much farther north than Traverse City, Mich., to recruit. Charlevoix? No. Petoskey? No. Atlanta? Did you even know Michigan has an Atlanta? Probably not. But Traverse City possesses a unique appeal that keeps bringing back the Spartans.

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2 days ago

It only makes sense that Mark Dantonio and Bob Crable got to know each other through church. Dantonio, the new head football coach at Cincinnati in 2004, has long been soft-spoken but unafraid to speak out about the importance of faith in his life. Crable, a College Football Hall of Fame honoree from his time at Notre Dame, had returned to Cincinnati four years earlier to coach Archbishop Moeller, a Catholic high school.

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4 days ago

When Dayton Dunbar running back Tavion Thomas received a Michigan State offer in January, he was speechless. Going into that month, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound junior held a handful of MAC offers. Then, back to back to back to back, he received offers from Wisconsin, Michigan State, West Virginia and Indiana in the span of four days.

Source: Detroit News

4 days ago

Offensive line recruiting is viewed as the lifeblood for top programs and Blaine Scott of Sciotoville East High School in Portsmouth, Ohio is one of the players the Michigan State staff has focused on for 2018. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound prospect was one of the first 2018 recruits to receive an offer from the Spartans and has close to 30 scholarship offers, including Penn State, Pittsburgh, Arkansas, Florida, Ole Miss and a host of other Power-Five programs.

Source: Detroit Free Press

5 days ago

It is an outstanding year for offensive line talent in the state of Michigan and Michael Furtney of Milan High School is a big reason why. The 6-foot-5, 282-pound prospect has a long list of scholarship offers and could add to that in the near future. Furtney was in East Lansing this past weekend for an unofficial visit and I was able to speak with him and get the latest details on his recruitment.

Source: Detroit Free Press

6 days ago

When it comes to in-state recruiting, Michigan State puts a premium on relationships. In Mark Dantonio’s tenure, the Spartans have tried to cast their web across the state, getting close with high school coaches and getting to know players well before extending offers. The hope seems to be that those relationships will win out against other schools that show late interest. That’s continued to be the strategy in the early days of 2017, as well.

Source: Land of 10

6 days ago

It took seeing the end of his football career for Chauncy Smart to realize he didn’t want to say goodbye. Signed with Florida State for track — he runs the 100- and 200-meter for Auburndale (Fla.) Senior — Smart began to have second thoughts. The 2017 3-star athlete decided he wanted to play football after all and was granted his release by FSU last Thursday.

Source: Land of 10

1 week ago

In Michigan, where the vast majority of prep football attention goes to Detroit, making a name can be tough for an outsider. But on a day like Saturday, when Michigan State hosted a junior day event, recruits from all over converge on East Lansing to check out the facilities, watch a basketball game and get some valuable face time with Spartans coaches.

Source: Land of 10

2 weeks ago

Another home basketball game means another opportunity for Michigan State to bring in football recruits. The staff has been hard at work building relationships with local recruits both by visiting their schools and inviting them on campus. For the past two games held at the Breslin Center, recruits and their families have helped fill the section across from the bench. And when the Spartans host Iowa on Saturday, even more plan to drop in. Let’s run down the list.

Source: Land of 10

2 weeks ago

Running back arguably is the biggest position of need for the Michigan State recruiting class 2018. One player high on the Spartans’ recruiting board is Tavion Thomas of Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar.Thomas is teammates with four-star Dunbar wide receiver Joseph Scates, who committed to MSU last month.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

Michigan State just completed its 2017 recruiting class a week ago, but the Spartans are already off to a fast start in the 2018 class with three commitments. Those three commits — cornerback Xavier Henderson, tight end Trenton Gillison and wide receiver Joseph Scates — are all from Ohio and all four-star prospects. There are also a number of other targets the staff is working hard on.

Source: Detroit News

2 weeks ago

ne of the nation’s very best prospects for 2018 plans to visit the Michigan State Spartans. Patrick Surtain Jr., a 6-1, 181-pound cornerback from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is not only a five-star recruit but the nation’s No. 1 cornerback.

Source: The Only Colors

2 weeks ago

Michigan State signed Matt Dotson, a senior tight end from Cincinnati (Ohio) Archbishop Moeller, last week, and the Spartans are looking to keep their pipeline from there going. Thursday, Michigan State extended an offer to Aeneas Hawkins, a junior four-star defensive tackle from Moeller.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

2 weeks ago

Detroit Cass Tech linebacker DeAndre Square continues to emerge as one of the top recruits for Michigan State for the class of 2018. MSU is already focused on several 2018 prospects they see as having the ability to be impact players. The Spartans offered Square a scholarship early in the process, following a strong showing at MSU’s camp last summer. Last weekend, he was on campus as part of a junior day function as the Spartans staff continues to build rapport.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

When Harlon Barnett pulled up his Twitter mentions one day in late November, one phrase in particular caught his eye: “6 FT 2” Those were the first four characters in a tweet sent to Barnett by Charles Flowers Jr., the father of three-star California defensive back Emmanuel Flowers. Included in the tweet was a link to Flowers’ highlight tape of his senior season.

Source: Michigan State hopeful it found steals in late 2017 recruiting class additions | MLive.com

2 weeks ago

National signing day has come and gone, which means we can begin to fully evaluate the recruiting haul each team collected. This week on the Big Ten blog, we’re looking at which player or position group has the potential to make an instant impact for each team in 2017.

Source: Big Ten Blog- ESPN

2 weeks ago

Mark Dantonio’s program has been built around strong defensive backs. And Michigan State targeted the secondary as an area of need in recruiting. The Spartans added four scholarship players and a preferred walk-on from four different states during last week’s signing day, and Dantonio and his staff raved about each of them potentially contributing immediately.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

On National Signing Day, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio described his program as possessing a “national brand.” What does that mean? To him, it means that no matter where he goes in the country, people see the Spartans logo on his shirt and know what program he represents. That, in turn, helps with recruiting.

Source: Land of 10

2 weeks ago

Director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell, a recruiting guru for Michigan State, sat down after the class had been signed to reflect on the 2017 cycle.

Source: Land of 10

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