August 1, 2012
Baker's Dozen plus 1 for 2014
Though the 2012 football season has not even started yet Michigan State is already actively working on the class of 2014. SpartanMag.com looks at some names that could become very familiar to Michigan State fans over the coming months.
Michigan State already has a commitment for the class of 2014 in wide receiver Drake Harris of Grand Rapids Christina High School. The two sport standout will certainly be one of the top 3 prospects in Michigan for the class of 2014, Harris could have the most upside as far as an in-state wide receiver since players like Charles Rogers and Braylon Edwards. His commitment will allow the staff to be very selective when it comes to recruiting any additional wide receivers for 2014.
Below is a look at some of the names that are already moving to the forefront for the class of 2014.
Brian Allen of Hinsdale Central High School in Illinois
Ht: 6-foot-1, Wt: 250-pounds
Skinny: Allen is the brother of current Spartan Jack Allen and he will likely be an even more sought after recruit. He already holds early offers from Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. The Spartans definitely would like to see Allen end up in Green and White as well. He should be a Rivals 4-star top 250 recruit.
Byron Bullough of Traverse City Saint Francis High School, Michigan
Ht: 6-foot-2, Wt: 195-pounds
Skinny: The 3rd in line of the Bullough brothers, Byron might be the most athletic of the bunch. He is bigger than Riley was at the same age, but not as big as Max. We fully expect he will end up being a 6'3 225-pound outside linebacker prospect by the time he is a senior is high school and you can't deny the bloodline he has.
Daniel Cage of Cincinnati Winton Woods High School, Ohio
Ht: 6-foot-3, Wt: 265-pounds
Skinny: Cage camped at Michigan State and was one of the top underclass performers. He has excellent size and a very good motor. At camp he showed that he has quick feet and was very coachable in the drills we watched. He already has offers from Illinois and Cincinnati and we expect he will be a prime Spartan target for 2014.
Craig Evans of Sun Prairie High School, Wisconsin
Ht: 6-foot-3, Wt: 305-pounds
Skinny: Evans will be one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the Midwest. He already holds scholarship offers from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Pittsburgh. Under the efforts of Spartan Recruiting Coordinator Brad Salem Wisconsin has become a battleground for the Spartans and they hope to continue their success.
Clifton Garrett of Plainfield South High School, Illinois
Ht: 6-foot-3, Wt: 220-pounds
Skinny: Garrett will be one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation for the class of 2014. He already has an extensive offer list and has stated that Michigan State is currently sitting at the top of his list. The Michigan State coaches believe that Garrett's physical style of play will translate very well to what the Spartans like to do on defense.
Connor Hayes of Traverse City West High School, Michigan
Ht: 6-foot-4, Wt: 270-pounds
Skinny: Hayes already scholarship offers from Indiana, Central Michigan and Western Michigan. He has a solid chance at being the top offensive line prospect in Michigan for the class of 2014. The Spartans will be looking at interior line prospects for the class 2014 and Hayes will be one of the players on the short list for a scholarship offer.
Caleb Henderson of Lake Braddock High School, Virginia
Ht: 6-foot-4, Wt: 225-pounds
Skinny: Henderson will be one of the top QB's in the nation for the class of 2014. He has expressed a serious interest in the Big Ten. OSU and UM are also involved. The big question will be does he fit into an Urban Meyers scheme and does he want to follow Shane Morris at UM? The Spartans pro-style offense and 4 staright NFL QB's is a positive.
Jamarco Jones of Chicago De La Salle High School, Illinois
Ht: 6-foot-5, Wt: 285-pounds
Skinny: Jones has a great chance of being a 5-star recruit and the top offensive line prospect in the entire Midwest. He already has offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Jones camped at Michigan State as well as the other schools as well. This will be one of the biggest recruiting battles in the Midwest for the class of 2014.
Malik McDowell of Detroit Loyola High School, Michigan
Ht: 6-foot-6, Wt: 292-pounds
Skinny: McDowell will certainly be a Rivals 100 prospect and he will challenge for 5-star status. He already has offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame. Many believe he is a UM lean. Michigan State would like him to come to East Lansing and step into the position that will be vacated by another monster DE, William Gholston
Thaddeus Snodgrass of Springfield High School, Ohio
Ht: 6-foot-1, Wt: 185-pounds
Skinny:Michigan State was the first BCS team to offer Snodgrass a scholarship after he starred at camp. Shortly afterwards Ohio State, Wisconsin and Purdue joined the mix. Snodgrass grew up following the Spartans so he knows the tradition they have at his position. He also knows that he and Drake Harris would likely give the Spartans the best combination in the Big Ten if not the nation.
RB Shaq Vann of South Bend Adams High School, Indiana
Ht: 5-foot-9, Wt: 215-pounds
Skinny: Vann is SpartanMag.com sleeper prospect for the class. Vann had a strong performance at the Spartan camp back in June. Despite his thick build Vann clocked a 22.5 200-meters and long jumped over 21.5 feet as a sophomore. Look for him to have a breakout jr. season and become one of the top prospects in Indiana for the class of 2014.
DB Damon Webb
Ht: 5-foot-11, Wt: 175-pounds
Skinny:Webb has had an outstanding spring and summer picking up offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and LSU. He will certainly be a 4-star and top 3 prospect in Michigan. Many see him as a UM lean due to him being another Cass Tech defensive back. It will be interesting to see if the depth chart plays a factor in Webb's recruitment.
Darius West of Lima Central Catholic High School, Ohio
Ht: 5-foot-11, Wt: 190-pounds
Skinny:West is fresh off a strong performance at the Friday Night Lights Camp at Ohio State. He was the 2nd fastest performer at the event. The Spartans have been keep a close eye on West ever since they started recruits quarterback Tyler O'Connor from his high school. Look for West to be on campus this fall to check the Spartans out.
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