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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4Dec 2017
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2018 Recruiting Update: December 4, 2017

Metairie (LA) Archbishop Rummel WR Ja’Marr Chase (image via 247 Sports)


Eureka (MO) Eureka running back Hassan Haskins committed to Michigan (LINK).

Bradenton (FL) Braden River defensive end Taylor Upshaw committed to Michigan (LINK).


Indianapolis (IN) Cathedral offensive guard Emil Ekiyor flipped from Michigan to Alabama.


Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy center Verdis Brown decommitted from Florida State. At 6’3″, 294 lbs., he could play center, guard, or defensive tackle. He’s rated as a 4-star, the #4 center, and #232 overall. A native of Chicago, it sounds like he may end up at Illinois.

Hit the jump for several more decommitments from other schools, some new offers, and some random bits.

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24Feb 2017
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2-24-17 Recruiting Update: Cornerbacks galore!

Quindarious Monday (image via Bulldawg Illustrated)

With a flurry of 2018 offers going out in recent weeks, I have to break things down into smaller chunks. And Michigan has been greatly expanding its defensive back recruiting board lately. Below is a look at the cornerbacks and safeties with shiny new Michigan offers:

Ft. Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Al Blades, Jr. was offered by Michigan. He’s 6’0″, 170 lbs. and has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, and Miami, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #12 cornerback, and #78 overall. He’s the son of former Miami wide receiver Al Blades and the nephew of former Hurricane (and Detroit Lion) safety Bennie Blades, so Miami is a likely landing spot.

McDonough (GA) Eagle’s Landing cornerback Tre’ Douglas was offered by Michigan. He’s 6’2″, 180 lbs. and is ranked as a 4-star, the #30 cornerback, and #319 overall. Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, and Ohio State are also after him. He’s a tall, lanky corner prospect, which is becoming a common trait for Michigan’s corner targets.

Naples (FL) Naples safety Sammy Faustin was offered by Michigan. Faustin is 6’2″, 170 lbs. and his offer list is slightly less improve than the above players’, with the likes of Kentucky, North Carolina State, and Virginia as his best tenders. He could play a boundary corner spot, but I think he’s more likely headed for a safety position.

Hit the jump for a bunch more defensive back offers.

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7Feb 2017
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Preview of 2018 In-state Recruiting: #1-5

Dearborn (MI) Divine Child defensive end Aidan Hutchinson

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On my other other site, Recruiting Season, I keep track of FBS prospects across the State of Michigan. Since the Mitten State is a fertile recruiting ground for the Wolverines, I like to keep an eye on which players might be potential Michigan-level recruits. So here, according to my own evaluations, are the top players in the state. Here’s the first chunk of five, and the second group will probably be released late this week or early next week. (If you click on each name, it will take you to their recruiting profile on Recruiting Season.)

1. Aidan Hutchinson – DE – Dearborn (MI) Divine Child
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 235 lbs.
Notable offers: LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Wisconsin
Commitment: Uncommitted
247 Composite: 4-star, #8 SDE, #199 overall
Analysis: I wouldn’t have put Hutchinson this high if I had made this list following his sophomore year, but I saw some real improvements when it comes to both technique and athleticism since last year. He’s the son of former Michigan defensive tackle Chris Hutchinson, and I think his dad has been teaching him some things. The younger Hutchinson is a high-motor kid who has quick reaction skills, shows an array of pass rushing moves to beat offensive linemen, and plays aggressively.

Hit the jump for the rest of the top five.

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29Mar 2016
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Visitors: April 1-3, 2016

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Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy offensive lineman Robert Hainsey

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Here’s an early list of visitors for the 2016 spring game, which will take place on April 1. There will be lots of additions (and probably some subtractions), and I expect a good number of local recruits to visit Michigan Stadium for the event. However, local recruits are less vocal about these types of things, because they can hop in a car and drive an hour or two to the stadium, whereas players from far away have to make travel plans ahead of time. It’s shaping up to be a pretty good group so far.

Camaron Cheeseman
Kekoa Crawford
Nick Eubanks
Chris Evans
Devin Gil
Brad Hawkins, Jr.
Lavert Hill
Nate Johnson
Ron Johnson, Jr.
David Long
Elysee Mbem-Bosse
Eddie McDoom
Josh Metellus
Quinn Nordin
Michael Onwenu
Simeon Smith
Joshua Uche
Tru Wilson

Jordan Anthony – LB – Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy: Anthony is a 6’0″, 220 lb. prospect with offers from Auburn, Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #9 outside linebacker, and #133 overall. Anthony is now at IMG Academy with some other Michigan prospects – including Robert Hainsey – but he started off his high school career at Olney (MD) Good Counsel. He is a “maybe” for the spring game if he can arrange transportation.

Markquese Bell – WR – Bridgeton (NJ) Bridgeton: Bell is a 6’3″, 200 lb. prospect who released a top ten that includes Michigan and Rutgers, among others. He also has offers from Florida and Georgia. He’s a 247 Composite 3-star, the #30 athlete, and #364 overall.

Corey Bolds – DE – Paramus (NJ) Catholic: Bolds is a 6’3″, 260 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, and Rutgers, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #18 defensive tackle, and #305 overall. He was a teammate of 2016 signee Rashan Gary and is a current teammate of 2017 linebacker Drew Singleton (see below) and 2018 quarterback Allan Walters.

Ellis Brooks – LB – Richmond (VA) Benedictine: Brooks is a 6’2″, 240 lb. prospect with offers from Duke, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech, among others. He’s a 247 Composite 4-star, the #25 outside linebacker, and #292 overall. As a junior in 2015, he made 117 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks. He is expected to stay in ACC country to play ball, but shortly after being offered by the Wolverines, he said he would visit for the spring game. That indicates he does have some serious interest in Michigan. UPDATE: Brooks committed to Duke on Thursday, so this visit may not occur.

Hit the jump for several more visitors.
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