April 11, 2011
Spartan Recruiting Bulletin
SpartanMag.com has some of the latest news on Michigan state recruiting. We have the latest quick hitting information on several prospect the Spartans are active recruiting for the class of 2012, including, DT Danny O'Brien, running back Dennis Norfleet and a few local names to keep an eye on.
Detroit Martin Luther King High School running back Dennis Norfleet plans on coming up to Michigan State next weekend to check out a Spartan practice. Tennessee is also getting involved with the 5-foot-8, 175-pound standout and a visit to Knoxville is planned as well.
Several lansing area prospects are getting division one looks. Many know that wide receiver Efe Scott-Emuakpor of East Lansing High School is on the list for several Big Ten teams. We spoke with Scott-Emuakpor recently and he said he is hearing regularly from heavyweights like Michigan State, Michigan and Notre Dame and plans on attending their camps.
Scott-Emuakpor is not the only local player on the recruiting radar. Lansing Catholic High School quarterback Cooper Rush is getting plenty looks. teh 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect plans on hitting several college camps. He could be the Cody Kater of the class of 2012. Offensive tackle Taylor Moton of Okemos High School already has multiple MAC offers and is on the Michigan State radar. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound prospect plans on checking out the spring game and attending the Spartan 1-Day Elite Big Man Camp.
Virginia standout Ken Ekanem of Centreville High School informed SpartanMag.com that he is hoping to get out to East Lansing this summer to check things out. Ekamen currently has 9 BCS offers and indicated that he is in no hurry to make his college choice. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect plans on taking all 5 of his official visits before he makes his decision.
2013 quarterback Shane Morris of Warren De La Salle High School was in Pittsburgh this weekend of the Badger Sports 7 on 7 tournament. Morris had a strong performance and his team qualified for the national championships later this year. Morris continues to impress people with his skills and poise.
Linebacker Jamal Lyles of Southfield-Lathrup High School is one of the players that is seeing his stock rise significantly this spring. Lyles already has multiple scholarship offers on the table and Michigan State is taking a serious look. Do not be surprised if he ends up being a top 12 in-state prospect before all is said and done.
Michigan State is closely evaluating several Indiana prospects that do not have a Spartan offer yet, most notably offensive lineman DeAndre Herron of Avon High School and wide receiver Gehrig Deiter of South Bend Washington High School. Both prospect are expected to camp at Michigan State this summer and could earn an offer with a strong performance. Both players are seeing their stock rise this spring as they have attended several camps and combines.
Defensive tackle Danny O'Brien of Flint Powers Catholic High School made a trip to Madison to check out the Badgers. The 6-foot-3m 285-pound Michigan native came away impressed with the Wisconsin program, but he did not pick up a scholarship offer. The fact that he left Madison without a scholarship is a bit surprising to say the least.
Around the Big Ten:
Penn State is off to a strong start in recruiting. The Lions now have 5 commitments for the class of 2012 and have picked up all of them in the last 3 weeks. The latest is DT Jamil Pollard of New Jersey. This could be a year where the Lions have much of their class completed by September 1st.
Hawkeyes break the ice. Iowa picked up their 1st commitment for the class of 2012, Mitchell Keppy of Illinois. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Keppy is a legacy recruit for the Hawkeyes, but the offer from Iowa was his first.
Strange Story of the week:
All-America QB recruit Zeke Pike was thrown out of the Badger Sports 7 on 7 Tournament. Apparently he was given the toss due to throwing a ball at an official. There is debate whether he was tossing the ball to the official, if it was an errant throw or is he was actually throwing it at the official. I have a feeling this is a case of a misinterpretation by official of what happened. The last time we remember something odd like this occurring is when Will Campbell was thrown out of the NIKE Camp drills back in 2008.
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