Football scout.com —  All new Spartan Digest podcast taking a look at The Opening as three Michigan State targets are set to announce their college decisions. We also look at a few other prospects and the recent excitement following the Spartans camps with new members of the 2017 class and more.



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Football freep.com —  Michigan State has a long tradition of successful players from the state of Florida. The staff already has three commitments from the Sunshine State for the class of 2017 and will likely add more before National Signing Day. One of the players the staff is focused on is wide receiver Tarique Milton of Manatee High School in Bradenton.
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Football freep.com —  Spartans rookies prepared to head to training camps next month as undrafted free agents are: center Jack Allen with New Orleans, cornerback Arjen Colquhoun with Dallas, linebacker Darien Harris with Cincinnati, defensive tackle Joel Heath with Houston, tight end Paul Lang with Pittsburgh and defensive end Lawrence Thomas with the New York Jets.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  The buzz surrounding Malik McDowell continues to grow, as the Michigan State junior defensive is highly regarded from college and NFL viewpoints alike. After being named the No. 23 player in college football this season by Pro Football Focus this week, McDowell was pegged as the No. 2 interior defensive lineman to watch in college football this season by NFL.com on Wednesday.
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Football bleacherreport.com —  Kirk Cousins has come a long way from being considered a long-term backup drafted the same year as Robert Griffin III to being declared the team's franchise player this offseason after winning the division in 2015. This year, however, Cousins has a major task to accomplish. He has to prove he is truly the team's quarterback for the future and not just a one-hit wonder. Cousins sat down with Bleacher Report to discuss his situation
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Football isportsweb.com —  With so many players leaving on the defensive line or the entire offense, there are a lot of newcomers that can come in and play significant reps right away. Today we are taking a look at potential transfers or freshmen that can come in and have an immediate impact.
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Football mlive.com —  Mustafa Khaleefah was a three-star prospect with only mid-major offers from a high school not known for producing elite recruits. So when he started receiving serious interest from Michigan State, he appreciated it. "They texted me and said we want big linemen like you, even though I was only a three-star recruit with not a lot of offers, they still wanted me to go up there," Khaleefah said.
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Football washingtonpost.com —  Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has spoken several times this offseason about how much more confident he feels compared to this time last year.
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Football espn.go.com —  We’ve been here before with Michigan State, haven’t we? The metrics might not love Mark Dantonio’s team from year to year -- the FPI, which factors in recruiting rankings, has the Spartans basically even with Penn State for some odd reason. The advanced stats have value, but at some point you have to trust your eyes and recent history.
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Football freep.com —  Shilique Calhoun, Lawrence Thomas, Joel Heath and Damon Knox -- some of the most popular players when talking about the Michigan State defensive line in recent years. But with these players moving on, what will happen to MSU’s vaunted front four? The future is now squarely on the shoulders of defensive line coach Ron Burton, now in his fourth year. This next season is an exciting and pivotal time for the Spartans as they welcome in the self-dubbed “Fearsome Foursome."
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Football freep.com —  Waynes reportedly got a number of first-team reps with Minnesota’s starting defense during OTAs this month and is pushing for a starting job. The 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback spent his first pro season as a backup and understudy to veteran Terence Newman last season, playing in 15 games and getting one start.
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Football highschoolsports.mlive.com —  When Trishton Jackson asked the Michigan State coaches if he could play in the East-West All-Star Football Game, they had one bit of advice. "They told me to have fun," Jackson said. "That was it. Play, enjoy yourself, have fun." The West Bloomfield graduate followed the Spartans' advice, leading all receivers with six catches and helping the East earn a 20-14 win Saturday over the West in the 34th annual Michigan High School Football Coaches All-Star Football Game at Saginaw Valley State University.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  As Kirk Cousins went through his career at Michigan State, he found he had Drew Stanton to reach out to at any time. At that point, it was just Stanton as a Michigan State quarterback in the NFL. He soon would be joined by Brian Hoyer and then Cousins, giving the Spartans a lot of representation at the next level. But after seeing the way he had the resource of Stanton at his hands, he now looks to be the same. “I’m always available and want to help in any way possible,” Cousins said. “I hope the coaches make sure those guys feel like can reach out. I want to be of any help to those guys that I can."
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Football shanahan.report —  A key debate point among Pro Football Hall of Fame voters basically applies to any athletics hall. “Can you write the history of pro football without him?” With that frame-of-reference, I bring up Michigan State’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  Westerville (Ohio) South safety Dominique Long didn't take long to commit to Michigan State. Long was offered June 20 after camping two days beforehand and jumped in the boat Saturday.
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Football freep.com —  The Michigan State coaching staff has been busy this week evaluating recruits in a camp setting. A few players have performed well enough to earn an MSU scholarship offer.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Scholarship offers are being extended earlier and earlier in the recruiting process, but as this month of June has shown, there is still room for a prospect going into his senior year to earn new offers at college camps.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  Any added sense of excitement or relief or whatever emotion Mustafa Khaleefah felt most deeply Wednesday morning surely came from knowing he had earned the news that had just come on a phone call with Michigan State. The 2017 Dearborn offensive tackle landed an offer from the Spartans, one that came after camping twice in the previous week to show what he could do and make his case that he is worthy of playing in East Lansing. And he found out he had done just that when he got a text from MSU offensive line coach Mark Staten, who put him on the phone with coach Mark Dantonio after he called.
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Football freep.com —  The Michigan State camp is one of the top evaluation tools for the football staff. The camp is always attended by many high-profile prospects. The last few years several players have earned offers with strong performances and that was the case again this year. Two players who earned offers were Westerville (Ohio) South defensive back Dominique Long and Dearborn offensive lineman Mustafa Khaleefah.
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Football freep.com —  When Gholston returned to MSU on Friday to work last weekend’s Spartan Elite camp, he was blown away by the changes. Not just to the improved facilities at Spartan Stadium, which elicited a “whoo!” from the Tampa Bay Buccanneers defensive end, but also by the Spartans’ success that has continued since he was there. “I’m just extremely jealous, to be honest with you,” Gholston said. “I feel like we did have an opportunity to pave the way for everybody else. And they’ve got the ball rolling now. It’s exciting to watch.”
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