Spartans get verbals from Williams and Peko

Michigan State is sporting a top-20 overall recruiting class and the 4th best in the Big Ten after closing strong with two big-time players. MSU is also in the market for two of the top-50 players in the nation.

(EAST LANSING) - Michigan State is on a roll in the recruiting wars, getting verbal commitments from two big time players, Domata Peko, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive end from College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA.

Peko is the brother of former Michigan State standout and current Indianapolis Colts guard Tupe Peko. The Spartans had to fight off challenges from Hawaii, Central Florida and Washington State for Peko's services.

"He could play either [defensive tackle or defensive end] in college, and this fall he is playing at end," said Canyons coach Chuck Lyons.

"He played on the inside as a freshman. Defensive lineman are the hardest to come by, and that is always the first position schools ask us about when coming through. Domata is one of the best you'll find as he has great size and will only get bigger. He moves very well, and his motor is always running."

MSU also nabbed Miles Williams, out dueling Ohio State, Iowa and Cincinnati for the services of the talented wideout. The versatile 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide receiver from Austintown (Ohio) Fitch committed to Ohio State back in April but decommitted after the Buckeyes were slow to offer a scholarship.

The Spartans immediately offered Williams when he arrived on the campus last Friday. Williams took some time to think about it, but when Ohio State dragged their feet with an offer, Williams took the Spartans bid.

He could lineup at wide receiver or safety with the latter being most likely with the huge influx of wide receiver talent for MSU. Michael Bell, SirDarean Adams, Deon Curry and Richard Abney are all expected to line up at the wide receiver position. Adams and Bell could get immediate playing time.

Incoming freshman Leon Pennington, Jr. could also get on the field for the Spartans as a true freshman.

The Spartans are now consolidating their efforts on Chicago Harper tackle Roland Martin and Thornton Harvey defensive end Tim Jamison. The Spartans main competition for Martin appears to be the Tennessee Volunteers although Martin was under whelmed by his official visit there. Meanwhile it's a donnybrook when it comes to Jamison who has Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa and others pursuing him.

Still, the Spartans could land both and would have arguably one of the top two recruiting classes in the Big Ten and a consensus top-10 nationally ranked class if they pull it off.


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