A Look Back – Class of 2007 Part 2

It's the start of summer and while football season is several weeks away, we found it a good time to take a look back at past MSU recruiting classes brought to East Lansing by Mark Dantonio. This is our second group of five players and differs a lot from the first five we looked at.

Twenty players made the official announcement of having signed on with Michigan State in that first class under Mark Dantonio. In the group would be several key players to the success the Spartans have seen the past couple of years. We now look at our second group of five players.

We'll look at five members of the class until we've taken a look back at each of them and their impact or lack of an impact is broken down.

Keep in mind this class was a major change as to the type of players being brought into the Spartans program by the former staff of John L. Smith.

Scout.com ranked the Spartans Class of 2007 #51 overall.

Mark Dell WR 6-2 185 Farmington Hills, Mich. (Harrison High School) Scout.com 3-star wide receiver (#60 overall)
SPARTAN DIGEST BREAKDOWN : Dell had given MSU his verbal under John L. Smith and then stayed with the Spartans after Dantonio's hiring. The talented wide receiver held offers from Wisconsin, Missouri, Purdue and Iowa but was not offered by Michigan. The Spartans gain proved positive over the Wolverines as Dell ended up a four-year letterman and finished his career ranked sixth in MSU history with 2,136 receiving yards, and tied for seventh in receptions with 133, and tied for thirteenth in touchdown receptions with 12. Dell appeared in 47 games during his MSU career with 27 starts. Final Grade: A

Chase Dumphord OL 6-5 320 Paris, Ky. (Paris High School) Scout.com 3-star offensive tackle (#48 overall)
SPARTAN DIGEST BREAKDOWN : Coming out of high school Dumphord was highly thought of and had offers from Auburn, Kentucky, Louisville and MSU. However, things did not work out early for Dumphord and he lasted for only about twenty minutes at MSU before leaving. We have not seen where he's ended up if he ended up anywhere. Final Grade: F

David Duran TE 6-5 235 Marietta, Ga. (Kell High School) Scout.com 2-star tight end (#71 overall)
SPARTAN DIGEST BREAKDOWN : Duran was another player Dantonio had recruited while at the University of Cincinnati and got a verbal pledge from before taking the MSU job. Once at MSU, Duran wasted little time in changing his pledge and becoming a Spartan. After a redshirt year in 2007, Duran played in four games during the 2008 season and caught only one pass. With Brian Linthicum's transfer from Clemson and the emergence of Charlie Gantt and Garrett Celek, Duran made the choice to leave MSU and transfer to Coastal Carolina where he has one year remaining. Last season Duran pulled down 34 passes for 472 yards and 2 touchdowns. Final Grade: C (Duran is not a bad player. He only got caught up in the numbers and found himself too far from home.)

Joel Foreman OL 6-3 291 Highland, Mich. (Milford High School) Scout.com 2-star offensive tackle (Non-ranked)
SPARTAN DIGEST BREAKDOWN : Foreman was one of those players that went under the radar and MSU became the lucky team to earn his services. Since that time, Foreman has worked hard in the weight room and on the field after redshirting his first season in Green & White. Heading into his final season, Foreman has been a mainstay the past three seasons earning All-Big Ten honors and becoming the Spartans top offensive lineman in the process. A three-year letterman, Foreman has played in 38 career games, including 36 starts. Active Grade: A+

Antonio Jeremiah DL 6-5 295 Hilliard, Ohio (Hilliard Darby High School) Scout.com 4-star defensive tackle (#14 overall)
SPARTAN DIGEST BREAKDOWN : The highest ranked player in the Spartans class of 2007 has also been the one who has yet to put it all together. Shuffling back between the defensive and offensive lines, Jeremiah has allowed his weight to get in the way of development at the college level. While Jeremiah has intrigued those who cover the Spartans with his athletic ability, he's yet to become the force many felt he would at the college level. What can Jeremiah give the Spartans this fall? After a move back to the defensive side of the ball, Jeremiah missed most of the spring after going down with an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury. Active Grade: C-

In our second group of five players who signed in the Class of 2007 we can see that Foreman and Dell were the clear cut top players in the group.

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