Class Snapshot: Michigan State

National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 22, 2012


Michigan State has done a great job under Mark Dantonio of identifying talent which fits their system and getting the most out of guys like Leveon Bell and Kirk Cousins who did not have big offer lists coming out of high school. The 2013 class has both highly regarded guys and a few sleepers. Here is a closer look at the current MSU class.

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  MSU has had several highly touted quarterbacks come in, including three who were Elite 11 participants, but none were as highly ranked by Scout as Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep's Damion Terry. 6'4 with good athleticism and a live arm, Terry has the best physical tools of any recent quarterback recruit for the Spartans. While he's not likely to compete for a job right away, his upside suggests he'll be a starter at some point in East Lansing.

  It's tough to be called a sleeper when you're the son of an NFL great, but a knee injury ended Dylan Chmura's junior year, and hurt his recruitment. He got healthy in time for MSU's summer camp and earned himself an offer which he accepted shortly after. He has good size and hands, with a good and healthy senior year, he's a guy who could climb the rankings.


- The Spartans started off their class with two in-state commitments. Birmingham Brother Rice linebacker Jon Reschke is a four-star prospect who can rush the passer, drop into coverage, and has a great nose for the ball. This will be his third varsity year, so he'll come in with experience, and he'll come in physically ready as he's put the weight room work in. Gerald Holmes, a running back from Flint Carman-Ainsworth, was injured for much of junior year, but has good size, power, and is a guy who could move up with a big senior season.

- As usual, Mark Dantonio and his staff have stepped into Ohio and pulled talent out of that state. Safety Jalyn Powell (Warren Harding) is a hard hitter who closes fast and arrives with bad intentions. Linebacker Shane Jones continues the recent success the Spartans have had at Cincinnati's Moeller High School. Cornerback Darian Hicks is a quick footed cover man who committed over the summer, and Cincinnati St. Xavier receiver Trey Kilgore is good in the open field having played receiver, wildcat quarterback, and returned kicks.

- Over the last few seasons, Michigan State has done well recruiting Wisconsin, and they got a big get from there this year with Beaverdam running back R.J. Shelton. An elusive back with great hands, Shelton had Badgers in his family, but the Spartans did a great recruiting job with him and got him to commit early in the process.

- Downingtown East (Pa.) wide receiver Jay Harris and Plant City (Fla.) defensive tackle Devyn Salmon, the last two commits, were not as highly recruited as some of the other guys in the class, but Harris has good hands and route running ability while Salmon is a thicker kid with quick hands and a powerful build.


- The Spartans appeared to be in good shape for Northland Pines (Wisc.) fullback/linebacker Austin Ramesh and he visited the Spartans after receiving an offer. However, when it came to decision time, he chose to stay in his home state and committed to Wisconsin.


- In-State offensive tackle Dennis Finley from Detroit Cass Tech was offered by MSU this summer and has visited several times since. He has a sister in school there and the Spartans are in good shape with the 6'7, 285-lber, although Ohio State, Illinois and Wisconsin are also in contention.

- Chicago Julian defensive end Demetrius Cooper was one of the top performers at MSU's summer camp, as he was nearly unblockable. The speed rusher may be deciding soon and the Spartans are high on his list along with Notre Dame and others. Two other Illinois based prospects, Harvey Thornton defensive back Jalen Banks, and Glenbard West defensive end Ruben Dunbar, also still have MSU on their lists. Of the two, we see Dunbar as the more likely to end up a Spartan.

- Beyond that, two prospects from Pennsylvania are still on the board: Delton Williams and five-star wide receiver Robert Foster. Foster has a Spartan offer, and while he may seem like a longshot, he still has them in consideration and in his top seven. Ditto for five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams.



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