Football freep.com —  Michigan State recently extended a scholarship offer to Rockford's Quinn Nordin. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Nordin is rated the No. 1 kicker in the nation according to Kornblue Kicking, a nationally acclaimed training camp for kickers, punters and long snappers.
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Football spartanavenue.com —  Heading into the recruiting long-haul, class of 2016 three-star athlete from Ohio Jonah Morris is happy to have been offered by one of his top schools: Michigan State. The Spartans offered the up-and-coming prospect on Wednesday and they’re hoping to get a commitment from the two-way player in the near future.
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Football freep.com —  Mark Dantonio is used to giving speeches to college students, but the room will be a bit larger than normal on May 10. Dantonio will give the commencement address to MSU's College of Education at 3:30 p.m. that day at Breslin Center, MSU announced today.
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Football freep.com —  The second day of the NFL draft was quiet on the Michigan State front, after cornerback Trae Waynes went No. 11 in Thursday's first round to the Minnesota Vikings. No Spartans went in the second or third round. But Saturday should see some activity when the draft concludes with rounds 4-7. And the most likely MSU player to go next is running back Jeremy Langford, whom ESPN analyst Mel Kiper rates as the No. 1 running back still available and No. 9 overall player available.
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Football mlive.com —  Drummond carries himself like a pro on and of the field, and his high football I.Q. and tremendous work ethic suggest he'll adjust quickly to whatever scheme he gets drafted into. Drummond had the best vertical leap (39 1/2 inches) among the safeties at the NFL combine, and he plays the ball in the air well. The targeting rule seemed to hurt Drummond, who was much more of a hitter and headhunter before the rule came into effect.
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Football mlive.com —  Jones matured and became more focused each year at Michigan State, accepting a challenging move to middle linebacker as a senior that should benefit him in the NFL. Jones' physical tools are obvious, and teams would be correct to assume he has a higher ceiling.
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Football mlive.com —  After seven rounds and 256 picks in the NFL draft, the moving and shaking will begin on the free-agency circuit. Michigan State figures to have a handful of those free-agent signees this evening. Players like receiver Keith Mumphery, punter Mike Sadler, defensive end/linebacker Marcus Rush, linebacker Mylan Hicks, tailback Nick Hill and offensive lineman Travis Jackson might be better off as free agents than draftees.
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Football mlive.com —  Tony Lippett couldn't sleep, Mike Sadler wants to keep his phone line cleared, and Jeremy Langford, Taiwan Jones and Kurtis Drummond are huddled with close friends and family. It's the third day of the NFL draft, and outgoing Michigan State seniors can only watch and wait for their names to be called when the draft resumes at noon from Chicago (TV: ESPN, NFL Network).
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Football mlive.com —  Cornerback Trae Waynes became the highest draft pick of the Mark Dantonio era at Michigan State on Thursday night when Minnesota selected him with the 11th overall pick.
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Football freep.com —  Trae Waynes gave a one-word response when asked whether he can hold up physically against bigger NFL receivers. "Yep." Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman summed up his pick of Waynes in five. "Everything we were looking for," Spielman told reporters, shortly after the Vikings took the former Michigan State cornerback in the first round Thursday with the No. 11 overall pick.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Waynes is the second No. 1 pick selected from Michigan State under ninth-year head coach Mark Dantonio. He followed by a year, former defensive backfield counterweight Darqueze Dennard, who was chosen 24th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals. It's the first time the Spartans have placed cornerbacks in the opening round of back-to-back drafts and only the sixth time that's happened in the NFL. Waynes is also the highest-drafted cornerback in Minnesota franchise history, though he refused to characterize his rise from Bradford, where he wasn't even MSU's primary target, in terms of rags-to-riches.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Michigan State continues to raise its profile, with a couple of double-digit-win seasons and another top-five finish, building on the Rose Bowl win. Cornerback Trae Waynes was selected 11th overall by the Minnesota Vikings, becoming the highest draft pick under coach Mark Dantonio. Waynes was the first cornerback selected in the 2015 draft and follows cornerback Darqueze Dennard — who was the No. 24 overall pick last season by the Cincinnati Bengals.
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Football mlive.com —  Calvin Johnson, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Alshon Jeffery and Golden Tate -- five of the NFL's top 16 receivers from a season ago -- would be tough to face once a season, much less twice. But Minnesota Vikings first-round draft pick Trae Waynes says he's ready to tackle all of them, both literally and figuratively.
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Football mlive.com —  Lippett has been projected as high as the third round or as low as the fifth round by various recruiting analysts at different times in the process, with ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. projecting him as a fourth-round pick.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State tailback Jeremy Langford figures to be on the edge of his seat when the NFL draft continues at 7 p.m. tonight with Rounds 2 and 3 from Chicago. Two running backs were selected in the first round on Thursday night, Georgia's Todd Gurley at No. 10 and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon at No. 15, and that could signal that NFL teams are once again placing a higher value on the position.
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