Recruiting Snapshot: Michigan State

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8Jan 2018
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Recruiting Snapshot: Michigan State

Belleville (MI) Belleville CB Julian Barnett (image via MLive)

2018 Class Ranking: #5 in Big Ten, #25 nationally. Michigan State has four 4-stars and sixteen 3-stars signed.

Cream of the 2018 Crop: Detroit (MI) Cass Tech cornerback Kalon Gervin is the highest ranked player in MSU’s class. He’s the #19 cornerback and #179 overall. He had offers from Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Penn State, along with many others; the offer from Michigan was extended early but the Wolverines, who normally recruit Cass Tech hard, didn’t pursue him with much vigor. The other player I’ll mention out of MSU’s four 4-stars is Dearborn (MI) Divine Child quarterback Theo Day, who was a high school teammate of Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson. Day is a 6’5″, 197 lb. player who’s the #16 pro-style quarterback and #364 overall. He fielded offers from Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ole Miss, among others:

Hit the jump for a look at MSU’s 2019 class.

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6Jan 2018
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What I’ve Been Reading: Iceberg

I’ve actually been reading more interesting stuff than this, but I was reading about four books at a time, and this happened to be the first one I finished: Iceberg by Clive Cussler.

This book, originally published in 1975, actually has a pretty good beginning. A luxury yacht in the Arctic gets incinerated and somehow gets embedded in an iceberg. The main character, Dirk Pitt, gets summoned from his vacation in California to help investigate the ship. Naturally, there’s way more to the story than some boat having an accident and getting turned into an iceberg. The story takes him to Iceland and, naturally, Disneyland.

Meanwhile, the story is about as far-fetched as a non-sci-fi book can get. I’ve seen Star Trek episodes that I find more believable. The story is comedic without really intending to be so, with misogyny, cross-dressing, transsexuals, etc. Clearly it was written in the time between when some of those things were unspeakable and when some of those things were totally acceptable in the public sphere; they were written when it was okay to portray those things as humorous and preposterous.

This is the third Dirk Pitt novel I’ve read (following Pacific Vortex! and The Mediterranean Caper), and I find the premise of NUMA, Dirk Pitt, etc. and the genre itself to be interesting. I’m interested to see if the character gets more updated as Cussler got into the 1990s and 2000s, since obviously a lot of the nonsense in the early novels hasn’t been politically correct for a long time. I think The Mediterranean Caper has been my favorite so far.

I’m about to finish Fool Moon by Jim Dresden. What have you been reading lately?

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