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In-state recruiting: analysis for 2005

Could Michigan State be finished with its in-state recruiting?
It might sound crazy, but that could very well be the case. The only other player who has an offer would be Talonnie Russell of Detroit DePorres. The question could be, will MSU have a scholarship for Russell if he decides to wait things out? If the Spartans land a player such as Nyan Boateng of New York or Greg Orton of Ohio, they would likely be finished at the wide receiver position.
Antonio Bass of Jackson and Terrance Taylor of Muskegon seem to be focused elsewhere. Right now, those look like a pair of recruiting losses for MSU, but one never knows. UM is tight on scholarships for 2005. If the Wolverines land Taylor and Bass do they drop out of the race for other players? DT’s Derrell Hand and Marques Slocum both visited MSU and UM recently. The early word is that MSU is solidly in the mix for both players.
As far as everyone else on the top Michigan player list, they may need strong senior years in order to obtain a scholarship offer from Michigan State. It is possible that Terrance Blevins of Detroit Denby could blow-up at running back this fall and get an offer. Aubrey Pleasant of Montose could show his game is worthy of an offer as well. Maybe Carson Butler of Detroit Renaissance shows he is a better prospect in football than basketball. Other than that, the Spartans could very well be finished for 2005 in-state with five or six commits at most.
Quarterbacks Chad Somerville of Mason and Brandon Summers of Southfield are solid prospects, but they will likely have to go out of state to end up in the Big Ten. Indiana could be a team to watch out for with Summers. Summers is not rated in the Rivals.com top 20 right now, but SpartanMag.com expects him to move in there.
Trevor Anderson and Akim Sanders of Detroit Crockett are names that have appeared on top player lists. However, latest reports do not indicate any scholarship offers as of yet. That would not be a good sign. In order for most players to be Big Ten recruits, they normally have MAC or CUSA offers on the table in the summer.
Michigan State received a commitment from in-state sleeper Ross Weaver last week. Could another recruit be flying under the radar? If there is one darkhorse to be aware of, it might be kicker Brett Meldrum of Utica Eisenhower. He has a great leg.
Giving a Grade:
If SpartanMag.com were to give out a grade for MSU's in-state recruiting at this point it would be a B+. The commitments of Ryan Allison of Lake Orion and Andrew Hawken of Grandville bode well for Michigan State. In our opinion, both are high level recruits who will have a big impact at the next level. Joel Nitchman of Kalamazoo Catholic Central is the top offensive line recruit in Michigan and Otis Wiley of Carman-Ainsworth has tremendous upside. We are still trying to evaluate Ross Weaver.
What would it take for MSU to get an A in in-state recruiting this year? If the Spartans could somehow get an official visit from Antonio Bass or Terrance Taylor, that would mark progress toward an A. MSU has been fighting an uphill battle with both players. An official visit would give them a shot. A commitment from Talonnie Russell would put MSU in the A- range.
Elsewhere in the state, Chris McLaurin of Orchard Lake St. Mary's is a player that Michigan State would have liked to have seen on campus this summer.
Michigan State actively recruitied him, but did not offer. The Spartans wanted to see him at camp first. He went to UM’s camp and ended his recruitment after the Wolverines offered.
If he had camped at MSU, it might have sparked a new trend for OLSM. That school has sent many players to Division I universities over the years, but they rarely give MSU a look. One has to go back to the 1970’s to find an OLSM scholarship player at MSU.
MSU was not going to offer Evan Sharpley of Marshall. He committed to Notre Dame. David Grimes of DePorres came up to MSU for a day, but was not offered. He did not work out while at MSU. He seemed to already be sold on going to ND and making a name for himself there rather than continue to work in his brother's shadow. SpartanMag.com believes Grimes is a solid player, but not the level of recruit Carl Grimes was.
With approximately 18 to 19 scholarships to give for the class of 2005, the Spartans still have needs to fill. However, the state of Michigan may not have the players available to fill those needs. The Spartans will likely add two or three junior college players for the class of 2005. Add them to the six players who have committed to MSU and nine or 10 scholarships are left. The Spartans have the time and resources to make those final verbal commitments count in a big way.
Head coach John L. Smith said last week in Chicago that it is imperative that the Spartans have a good season on the field in 2004 in order to finish out a good recruiting class for signing day in February of 2005.
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