Former Michigan State center Nick Samac has earned an invitation to the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The complete list of the 321 prospects invited to the NFL Combine, which runs from Feb. 26 through March 4, was released on Tuesday by the NFL.
Michigan State head football coach Jonathan Smith has announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent: defensive lineman Mikeshun Beeler (Chicago, Ill./Simeon Career Academy) and wide receiver Jaylan Brown (Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches High School).
Barnett is expected to be hired as the new defensive backs coach at Northwestern, according to Matt Zenitz of 247Sports. The former All-American defensive back previously spent 15 years on staff. Jonathan Smith considered retaining Barnett, who previously lobbied for the permanent job earlier last season, but they ultimately parted ways in December.
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On Monday, the 247Sports Composite rankings were updated, and it gave two more Michigan State football signees their fourth star. Rustin Young and Brady Pretzlaff both received enough of a rankings boost to push them to four-star status.
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Mikeshun Beeler is a three-star defensive tackle in the 2024 class. He is 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds from Chicago, Ill. During his senior season, he tallied 45 tackles with 18 tackles for loss. Beeler also is three-time all-city selection and was an all-state selection as a senior.
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Former Michigan State long snapper Taybor Pepper is preparing to play in Super Bowl LVIII with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Feb. 11 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and the game is being televised on CBS.
First-year Michigan State head coach Jonathan Smith will begin his first spring practice with the Spartans on Tuesday, March 19, as the program released its spring schedule on Wednesday. MSU will hold spring practices on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for five weeks.
It took a bit, but Jonathan Smith completed his first stint as Michigan State’s new coach. Smith, who spent the last six seasons at Oregon State, brought six assistants with him from his alma mater to East Lansing after being hired on Nov. 25. He vowed to be thorough in finalizing his group of 10 on-field assistants and lived up to that statement by not completing it until last week.
On Thursday evening, Jonathan Smith stood atop the stage of a nearly empty ballroom at the Lansing Center. Michigan State’s new coach was early – not rushed in at the last minute – for his keynote address during the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association’s annual clinic. He chatted with those around him informally before the room began filling. It may not have been the ideal way for Smith to celebrate his 45th birthday, but it was far from the biggest task in a calendar crunch during the early stages of building a new program.
Another one. Michigan State football coach Jonathan Smith and Co. have been back on the recruiting trail lately, and on Monday, we got to see the first results of that. Martin Connington, a kicker and punter from Idaho, just announced his commitment to the Spartans. He is the Spartans second commit from Idaho in this cycle, joining MaxPreps Idaho Player of the Year Rakeem Johnson.
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Former Michigan State defensive tackle Domata Peko was inducted into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2024 class in a ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 20 in Honolulu.
Michigan State football picked up a massive transfer prospect on Saturday evening. Former Holy Cross offensive tackle Luke Newman committed to Michigan State on Saturday night. Newman announced the commitment via social media.
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New Michigan State football coach Jonathan Smith finalized his staff on Wednesday by announcing the addition of Oregon’s Demetrice Martin as cornerbacks coach. All 10 on-field assistants are now in place for Smith, who was hired away from Oregon State on Nov. 25. Terms of those deals are now being released.
Eleven transfers have enrolled in classes for the 2024 spring semester: QB Aidan Chiles (Oregon State), DL D’Quan Douse (Georgia Tech), DL Quindarius Dunnigan (Middle Tennessee State), DB Aveon Grose (Southern Illinois), LB Wayne Matthews III (Old Dominion), OL Tanner Miller (Oregon State), LS Kaden Schickel (James Madison), QB Tommy Schuster (North Dakota), LB Jordan Turner (Wisconsin), TE Jack Velling (Oregon State) and P Carson Voss (Western Michigan).
Michigan State head football coach Jonathan Smith has named former Spartan Demetrice Martin the program’s cornerbacks coach. Martin, a four-year letterwinner at MSU from 1992-95, has been a collegiate coach for more than 20 years, most recently as the cornerbacks coach and passing game coordinator at Oregon the past two seasons. He has also coached at USC (2006-07), Washington (2009-11), UCLA (2012-17), Arizona (2018-19) and Colorado (2020-21). Martin has worked with 18 All-Pac-12 defensive backs and has been on coaching staffs for 12 bowl games.
Although portal movement continues and graduate transfers can enter at any time, the Spartans appear to have settled a bit for now after the first offseason window closed earlier this month. That was after they lost four to the portal during the window that was opened in October after former coach Mel Tucker was fired in long snapper Hank Pepper (USC), offensive lineman Keyshawn Blackstock (Arkansas), running back Jordon Simmons (Akron) and defensive back Justin White (Davenport).
Michigan State is set to hire Oregon cornerbacks coach & pass game coordinator Demetrice Martin for a similar role, sources tell 247Sports. A big poach for MSU, the Spartan alum will be the final on-field assistant hire for Jonathan Smith’s first staff in East Lansing. He will coach the DBs along with Blue Adams, though it’s unclear which coach will have the corners and which will have the safeties, at this time. The 50-year-old has been interested in returning back to East Lansing for a few years, by all accounts.
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