With Damion Terry already committed to Michigan State, their primary focus was on younger quarterbacks and there were some impressive young arms.
Class of 2015 product Michael O'Connor walked away with a Spartan offer. The Canadian youngster, who is transferring to Baylor Prep in Tennessee, is tall and has a very good arm. We saw him do well at Sound Mind Sound Body, and thought he was even better today.
Marion Local (Ohio) class of 2014 prospect Adam Bertke is tall, has a smooth release and good accuracy. He can still get a little stronger and fill out some, but he has a bright future and we see BCS offers coming. Detroit Country Day's Tyler Wiegers also had a good day. He's another bigger kid with a nice arm. He has an opportunity this fall to turn some heads after only getting limited snaps last year. DeWitt (Mich.) product Jake Johnson and Rochester (Mich.) Adams' Matthew Sokol are two other young kids who showed some talent. Johnson is in the 2015 class, Sokol is 2014.
The 2013 class was not completely without top performers though, as a few seniors to be looked to catch the eye of the other coaches at the event. Detroit King's Davaun Williams has a live arm and was very consistent today. He also made good decisions during 7 on 7. Flint Powers' Garrett Pougnet and Notre Dame Prep's Joe Kutil are two others who caught the eyes of some coaches.
Spartan commit R.J. Shelton had a very nice day. He caught the ball very well and showed good athleticism in the open field, making several guys miss, even though it was just touch. He's smooth, elusive, and will be able to play a couple roles in the MSU offense. The other senior who had a lot of eyes on him was Berkley Edwards of Chelsea. He came over and lined up at receiver, showing some of his pass catching and route running skills. He's a straight line fast kid and was able to run by a couple guys.
In the 2014 class, Detroit Country Day's Richard Wilson is a good sized back who has the look of a kid who will get some offers. Chicago De La Salle's Mikale Wilbon is a stockier kid who can fly, clocking a 4.45 forty today.
The guy who stole the show was Warren Michigan Collegiate's Teo Redding, who made a number of highlight reel grabs, including a couple of one handers. He has top notch, elite ball skills, great leaping ability and good timing. He's skinny, but regardless, it appears he won't be offerless for long.
Westland (Mich.) John Glenn's Da'Mario Jones added three offers after running a 4.47. He played receiver today, but we think his future is likely at safety. Montague (Mich.) has a big, physical guy in Brandon Moore who made a couple catches with guys draped all over him.
A couple lesser known seniors had nice days. Plymouth (Mich.) product Jamarl Eiland is a nice athlete who catches the ball well. Local guy Javon Haines of East Lansing also had a nice day.
In the underclassman ranks, speedy Thaddeus Snodgrass showed his explosiveness and quick feet to earn a Spartan offer. South Bend Adams' Shaq Vann is a smaller slot type with excellent hands and the quickness to create separation. Preston (Ohio) has a big young guy in Bryant Holloway and Hinsdale Central's 6'6 Ian Bunting used his length to grab a couple passes that others wouldn't have gotten to.
The tight end position was very strong. Plainwell's Tyler White is a kid with a great frame. He has good speed and athleticism to boot and we expect him to not stay offerless for too long. Dylan Chumura came in from Wisconsin to show he was back from last year's injury. He's a nice sized kid with good hands. Pete Cender from Howell (Mich.) is a solid all around prospect who runs good routes and has great hands. Zach Crouch from Grand Rapids Christian (Mich.) has a very nice frame and caught the ball well. One of the day's top prospects was Danny Friend from Morris (Ill.), a big kid who stepped over to offensive line and looked like a natural there.
One of the young prospects to watch is Eddie Randle from Chicago St. Rita. He's a big framed kid at 6'7 and we think he may end up as an offensive tackle as well.