November 13, 2012

Roney, running backs and rankings has the lasts news on several topics that people are wondering about. Is Dylan Roney off the market? Could a JUCO RB be in the cards? Where will the current early commitments for Michigan State be ranked? Find out the details

  • DE Dylan Roney of Detroit Catholic Central High School

    Earlier this week a rumor started floating around the Internet that 2014 defensive end Dylan Roney had committed to the Naval Academy. The rumor actually got some legs and received multiple e-mails informing us about Roney's apparent commitments.

    We were able to catch up with Roney prior to practice yesterday and he informed us that he has not made any decision about where he will attend college. Roney is hoping to receive multiple scholarships offers in the coming months. based on's assessment of the situation, their is a lot of mutual interest between the Spartan staff and Roney.

    Right now Roney is less concerned with recruiting and more concerned with Rockford High School. The Shamrocks will play Rockford on Saturday at 1PM in Battle Creek. If DCC can advance, it is very possible they will get a shot to avenge last year's defeat at the hands of Detroit Cass tech. The Technicians are in the other semi-final and will play Lake Orion at 1PM on Sunday at Troy Athens High School.

  • JUCO running back on the radar?

    A few weeks ago received information that Michigan State could be interested in a JUCO running back if Le'Veon Bell opted to head to the NFL. The player who was tied to this rumor was Traylon Shead[/db} of Navarro Community College in Texas.

    Shead left the University of Texas last year due to a log-jam in the depth chart and has put up big numbers for Navarro this fall. He was hearing from several Big Ten programs and Purdue had actually offered a scholarship, but Shead has since made a verbal commitment to the SMU Mustangs.

    JUCO players look for playing time more than anything else and the graduation [db]Zach Line of Oxford (MI.) High School means the Mustangs will be looking for a replacement. It is interesting to note that Line's brother Prescott Line, is also on the Mustang's roster. Many assumed Prescott was going to step in for his older brother. That still may be the case and the commitment of Shead could be an insurance policy, time will tell.

    As far as other JUCO running backs, Cameron Artis-Payne of California recently made a commitment to Auburn University. With head Coach Gene Chizik all but out the door, it will be interesting see if that commitment holds up. If Bell leaves for teh NFL, the Spartan offense would certainly be an attractive option for a physical runner like Artis-Payne. This will be a situation to keep an eye on.

  • 2014 Rankings:

    It will be very interesting to see the early 2014 rankings for the Spartan commitments. We fully expect linebacker Deon Drake of Detroit Cass Tech High School to be ranked very high for a variety of reasons. Not only is Drake a very talented player with an extensive offer list, but he will likely be a staple at multiple camps and combines over the coming months. Those camps and combines will be well attended by national recruiting analysts. We look for Drake to be a solid 4-star, top 250 recruit in the initial rankings.

    Wide receiver Drake Harris of Grand Rapids Christian will be an interesting ranking to watch. may end up making Harris the #1 player in the state of Michigan for 2014. The # 1 player in Michigan is always a top 100 recruit and often gets serious 5-star consideration. In recent years players like Lawrence Thomas[db], [db]Shane Morris, William Gholston and [db]William Campbell have all been the #1 player and 5-star recruits.

    Morris and Harris will be complete opposites when it comes to analysis. Morris has been a camp and combine star, but has not shown a lot of production on the field. Some of that is due to injury, but it still begs the question of whether a recruit should be ranked 5-stars without quality on-field production to back it up.

    Harris will not attend may camp and combines simply due to his basketball schedule. He is one of the best players in the nation in that sport as well.

    All Harris has done this fall is torch teams no matter how hard they tried to stop him. Harris has caught a touchdown pass in every single game this season. When GRC traveled to Cincinnati to play powerhouse Archbishop Moeller, all Harris did was grab 7 balls for over 100-yards and a touchdown. The 6-foot-4, 184-pound prospect could be the best wide receiver prospect in Michigan since Charles Rogers.

    Linebacker Byron Bullough of St. Francis High Schools will be another Spartan commitment that will not make the camp/combine rounds. Not only is it a long way from Traverse City to those events, but Bullough also participates in basketball as well. Obviously the Bullough names should carry some weight when it comes to evaluation.

    The Michigan State staff certainly knew they did not have to offer Bullough the summer before his junior season in order to secure a commitment, but they did so anyway. Keep in mind the Spartans have had Bullough at camp for several years, so nobody knows his ability better than the Michigan State coaching staff.

    We fully expect Byron will start out with a ranking much like his brother Riley Bullough. If he has a good senior season, he could get higher consideration.

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