MSU One Day Camp Report: Defense

Michigan State had a good group of prospects up on Saturday. While a lot of the group was made up of 2016 and 2017 prospects, some of the rising seniors who came out still made the most of the opportunity and earned offers from the other schools attending.

The Spartans hosted a couple of highly recruited young defensive linemen. Jamal Holloway (Camden, NJ) has a Spartan offer already and is a tweener of an edge rusher with good pass rush skills. Fellow 2016 prospect Khalid Kareem (Farmington Hills, Mich.) is a long, athletic kid with good upside. A.J. Arcuri (Olentangy, Ohio) is a tall (6-6, 235 pounds) kid who could play tight end or possibly grow into an offensive lineman. Also remember the same Reid Burton (East Lansing, Mich.), the son of Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton.

Two class of 2017 kids to watch are Corey Malone-Hatcher (St. Joseph, Mich.), who tested well and continues to show good physical tools, and Jerron Cage (Cincinnati, Ohio) who is the younger brother of Notre Dame signee Daniel Cage.

The linebacker group was a good one. Bryce Jenkinson (Greenville, Ohio) tested through the roof with a nearly 40-inch vertical and a forty yard dash in the 4.4s. He's better straight line than side to side, but is an impressive physical specimen. Markus Bailey (Hilliard, Ohio), Troy Henderson (Lakewood, Ohio), Quentin Moon (Indianapolis, Ind.), London Cloud (Bedford, Ohio) and Alex Hart (Prior Lake, Minn.) all have offers to their names. Alec Ingold (Bay Port, Wisc.) has offers as a quarterback, but showed he had the athleticism to potentially project to linebacker. He moves laterally well. An interesting prospect is Avonte Bell (Lansing, Mich.) who is being recruited by many other schools as a running back, but has the size to move positions.

Int he 2016 class, Jonathon Cooper (Gahanna, Ohio) may end up with his hand down, but looked much better than we thought he would in linebacker drills. He's long and showed good athleticism and ball skills. Zach Sandwisch (Toledo, Ohio) has solid size and is also a good athlete.

The defensive backs may have been the best group at the camp. Khari Willis (Jackson, Mich.) committed to Spartans and worked out at running back some and with the defensive backs soon. He has good ball skills and is an athletic basketball player, but is raw with his backpedal and defensive back technique. There is talk of him as a safety or possibly even linebacker.

No other player helped themselves at the camp as much as Saline (Mich.) defensive back Tyrone Miller, who is long and was fluid and quick in drills. He left with three new MAC offers to his name. Kendall Quarles and Hakeem Bailey are two 2015 kids from Georgia who had good showings. Other rising seniors we thought had good performances were Trevon Avery (Grand Blanc, Mich.) and Reagan Malas (Dublin, Ohio).

As for the younger defensive backs, Jamyest Williams, a Georgia native, is impressive for only being a 2017 prospect. Jeremiah Jones (Bessemer, Ala.) and Will Harper (Sandy Creek, Ga.) are two southern 2016 kids to look out for. Devin Taylor (Flint, Mich.) is a 2016 from in-state to remember. Tony Butler is a wide receiver prospect from Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward who played defensive back and has great size and length. Speaking of which, Stefan Claiborne (Clinton Twp., Mich.) is a long kid who runs pretty well.

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