Spartans Focusing On Sims, Conway

Having received a verbal commitment from Livonia Clarenceville's Jeremy Gainer yesterday, MSU is up to eighteen verbal commitments and figures to take just one or two more.

EAST LANSING - Michigan State is focusing its attention on two impact line prospects as it nears completion of its 2009 recruiting class.

Having received a verbal commitment from Livonia Clarenceville's Jeremy Gainer yesterday, MSU is up to eighteen verbal commitments and figures to take just one or two more.

There is no question that MSU is intensely interested in Orchard Lake St. Mary's two-sport star Dion Sims.

Sims is currently lighting up the hardwoods for the Eaglets (2-1) and will take his game to the Saginaw Arthur Hill Pre-Holiday Classic this Saturday.

He will be part of a featured matchup against last year's Class A Champions Saginaw who return stars Mike Green and super sophomore Tommy McCune.

GSN has learned that MSU is very interested in Shaker Heights, OH tackle Henry Conway. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive lineman, projects to the guard position that MSU wants to repopulate with young talent.

Conway admits to interest in Michigan, Michigan State and Cincinnati, where he just took an official visit.

"I'm going to Michigan on January 9th and then Michigan State the following weekend for official visits. Michigan hasn't offered me yet but they are taking a hard look. I like Indiana but unless something happens where I can't pick from Cincinnati, Michigan or Michigan State, I won't be taking a visit there."

If MSU can get a commitment from a player like Conway, who could add some depth to an interior line group that is vital to the team's run attack, they would be happy to take it.

MSU's run first attack really relys on having a stout offensive line, especially in the interior where they lose seniors Roland Martin and Mike Bacon.

Sims is MSU's #1 in-state priority and likely their best shot at picking up a player who could make an impact as a pass rusher. He likes Michigan State's facilities and their coaching staff. His family also has been impressed with head coach Mark Dantonio.

If not, they are looking at a number of other players who appear to be longer shots.

Deion Roberson a defensive end from Tucker, GA is one of those players. Roberson recently visited Louisville and liked what he saw.

Hoboken, NJ defensive end Bernardo Nunez told's Alan Wallace that he is interested in Michigan State but that Maryland is his leader at this point.

MSU was very interested in Columbus, OH St. Francis De Sales defensive end Davon Custis, but he has removed Michigan State from the list of schools he is considering.

Flossmoor, IL defensive end Michael Buchanan told Wallace "I'm still looking at the same schools. I want to go where I can be the most successful and comfortable. I'll be taking my final two visits and hopefully will just know where I want to go. Right now they are all pretty even."

He has visited Illinois (Nov. 14), Purdue (Nov. 21) and Vanderbilt (Nov. 8) and is expected to visit MSU on January 9th before tripping to California.

MSU's interest in Adrian's Dylan Farrington and Knoxville, Tennessee's Hakeem Worthen appear to have wained in the last few weeks. Neither have a MSU offer and at this point appear unlikely to receive one.

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