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Another MSU commit August 20, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Michigan State, recruiting.
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This is from a while back (late last week I believe). While I was out, Michigan State and head coach Mark Dantonio struck again, getting a verbal pledge from former Mackenzie and now Melvindale lineman Anthony Woods.

Woods, a 6-foot-4, 300 pounder played on both lines for Mackenzie before the school closed. One of his friends, Nick Perry, was left in a similar situation but transferred to King.

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State gets serious speed August 7, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Michigan State, Preps, recruiting.
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Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans will be a little faster in coming years as Bay City Central defensive back and track star Trenton Robinson verbally committed over the weekend.

Robinson, MSU’s sixth verbal commitment in the class of 2008, patrols the secondary with 4.3 speed.

August 7, Bay City Times: ”Speed has always been my No. 1 weapon, it’s been great for me,” said Robinson, who is preparing for his final season at Central. ”Speed is everything, they say. You can’t teach it, it’s just something you have. And I’m sure it’s the main reason they wanted me.

”(But) it overshadows everything. No one thinks I can catch, only run. So it overshadows everything. It really does.”

A 5-foot-10, 175 pounder who also rushed for 600 yards last year, Robinson reported interest from Indiana, Purdue and Illinois as well as Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Cincinnati.

Gray and Smith off the board August 7, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Michigan, Michigan State, recruiting.
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For the second straight year, Michigan’s No. 1 football prospect shunned both in-state powers and bid farewell to the state altogether.

Over the weekend, Detroit Country Day running back Jonas Gray, Rivals’ No. 1 Michigan prospect in the class of 2008, pledged to Nebraska, choosing the Huskers over Michigan State and a host of others.

The Spartans weren’t down for long, picking up a commitment from Detroit Southeastern wide receiver Fred Smith on Sunday.

Michigan was intrigued by both players and showed heavy interest in Smith. While the consensus four-star wideout was another tough in-state loss for Lloyd Carr and staff (apparently Smith changed his mind at least once over the weekend), losing Gray was eased by last weekend’s commitment from Texas Cy-Fair all-purpose running back Sam McGuffie, known through recruiting circles as a human highlight reel.

With the state’s top four players and seven of the top 10 (according to Rivals) off the board, the top remaining 2008 prospects include Detroit King defensive lineman Nick Perry, DCD linebacker Kenny Demens and Muskegon wide receiver Corey Johnson. Scout.com has uncommitted Birmingham Groves offensive tackle Deon’tae Pannell in its top-10.

Dantonio grades his class C+ February 10, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Michigan State, recruiting.
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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is his own toughest critic when grading his first incoming freshman class in East Lansing:

“I would grade our class ‑‑ just because I wish we would have come out with a couple different positions, wish we would have gotten maybe another quarterback because we only have three quarterbacks on scholarship, I wish we would have gotten another maybe skill guy or two on defense, so I would grade it probably a C+ from our standpoint.”

Not to put too much stock into recruiting rankings – or to discount how hard it is to step in and piece together a class – but for all the promise and optimism surrounding this class just three weeks ago, to come out with just two Rivals and one Scout 4-star prospects has to be disappointing.

From Georgia Tech to Michigan State to Iowa February 7, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Iowa, Michigan State, recruiting.
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Mumford athlete Cedric Everson will not follow the footsteps of former Mustang Derrick Mason to Michigan State, even after switching his verbal commitment from Georgia Tech to MSU. Everson said in his heart, all along, it was Iowa.

Feb. 7, The Detroit News: “I didn’t know until I looked at this sheet of paper (letter-of-intent),” Detroit Mumford coach Bob Lynch said. “I was looking for my Spartan hat to wear. I guess I’m glad I didn’t wear it. I thought he’d go to State and break all of Derrick Mason’s records.”

Cowboy John L. goes out with a bang February 7, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in Illinois, Michigan State, recruiting.
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In this New York Times article, John L. Smith (and many others) wonders about the legitimacy of Illinois’ top-15 recruiting class.

Feb. 7, New York Times: John L. Smith, who was recently dismissed as the head coach at Michigan State, expressed a view shared privately by many rival coaches and recruiters: “If they had a winning program and all of that, it would be a different deal. If they had the greatest facilities in the world, then maybe they could sell them. But what are they selling?”

He added, “Where there’s smoke, there’s probably fire.”

University figures claim strong local ties to all the recruits as well as the promise of playing time and potential. That still leaves some people mystified, considering Illinois has won two conference games over the last four seasons and has some of the worst facilities in the Big Ten.

“People are scared of what they don’t understand,” said Marvin Austin, a former Illini recruit who has since narrowed his choices to North Carolina and Florida State. “And I don’t think they understand why kids are going to Illinois.”