November 12, 2012 The Recruiting Landscape

With official recruiting visits form many players right around the corner, looks at where Michigan State stands with several prospects as they look to put the finishing touches on the class of 2013.

  • Offensive line breakdown:

    The Spartans are still like to add David Dawson of Detroit Cass Tech High Schools to the class of 2013. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound prospect is still in the process of helping the Technicians defend their state championship and has yet to set up any official visits. His three main suitors include the Spartans, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

    The Badgers are tight on scholarships despite convincing in-state products Hayden Biegel and Austin Ramesh to accept grey-shirt options. Wisconsin apparently has 1 spot left for an offensive lineman and David Knevel of Canada will visit Madison this. Knevel has stated that the Nebraska Cornhuskers are his current leader, but that could change this weekend. The Badgers are also apparently turning up the heat on JUCO offensive tackle Matt Finnin of Illinois. Either way you look at it the Badgers seem to be focused on other players at this point. spoke with a Badgers source and he indicated that tackle is the position of priority right now. Dawson projects more as an interior player.

    The Buckeyes are the other potential suitor for Dawson, but like the Spartans and Badgers they are very tight on scholarships at the offensive line position. At one point it was assumed Ohio State was done on the offensive line, but that was before Dorian Johnson of Pittsburgh came back on the market. The 4-star prospect has narrowed his choices down to Pitt and Ohio State and will officially visit both over the next 3 weeks. Buckeye sources feel confident in their recruitment of Johnson.

    If you add it all up, it is very possible all the teams involved will lend the player they have at the top of their list. Keeping these 3 players in the Big Ten would be an important recruiting win for the conference.

  • Defensive tackle picture:

    The Spartans are still considered the favorite for JUCO All-American Kyle Peko of Cerritos College in California. Peko is expected to enroll in college in January so he will make his decision around December 15th.

    The Michigan State staff is still involved with a few other defensive tackle prospects such as Montravius Adams of Georgia and Kenton Gibbs of Michigan.

    Adams would seem to be something of a longshot at this point. The 5-star prospect has offers from coast to coast and in the end we think he will opt to stay in SEC country. If the Spartans were 8-2 rather than 5-5, the odds would certainly be better, but that is a moot point.

    Gibbs does not currently have an offer from Michigan State and that may have a lot to do with timing. The Spartan staff wanted him to camp before they offered. Gibbs opted to commit to the Illinois before that happened. He has since de-committed from the Illini, but in the interim the Spartans received a commitment from defensive tackle Devyn Salmon of Plant City High School in Florida.

    If Gibbs would have camped at Michigan State he may have grabbed the scholarship Salmon eventually took, but that is how recruiting works. The same scenario could be applied to Joshua Jones of Michigan and Delton Williams of Pennsylvania. I doubt anyone in the Duffy Daugherty building is complaining.

    Other possibilities:

    The two positions above should all but wrap up the 2013 recruiting class unless Michigan State has a large number of player opt for the NFL. thinks that number will likely 2 and the chances of it being less than that are greater than it being more:

    -3 players:25%
    -2 players:45%
    -1 player: 30%

    The Spartans are keeping a close eye on in-state defensive end Andre Turner of Chandler Park Academy and multiple kicking prospects. If the staff has extra room they could use that scholarship here. Do not be surprised if they look to do what Wisconsin did and get a player or two to accept a grey-shirt option.

    As far as the potential kickers, the staff has not tipped their hand to any of the players they have had on campus this fall. It may simply come down to leg strength. The Spartans took Evan Fischer of Holt last year as a walk-on. Fischer is known more for his accuracy than his booming leg strength.

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