Spartans Class of 2012 Breakdown

Here is a class breakdown for 2012 with each of the current pledges in the Spartans recruiting class. We will continue to add pledges as they come.

Michigan State has the following players having already given Mark Dantonio their verbal pledge.

Jermaine Edmondson, Aaron Burbridge, MacGarrett Kings, Nick Tompkins, Jamal Lyles, Josiah Price, Kyle Kerrick, Se'Von Pittman, Tyler O'Connor, Evan Jones, Benny McGowan, Zach Higgins, Riley Bullough.

Jermaine Edmondson: Edmondson earned his offer the hard way after a solid showing at Spartans camp this past summer. He'll join high school teammate Se'Von Pittman in East Lansing and gives the Spartans a solid player who projects as a corner. Not only did MSU pull Edmondson out of Ohio, they also won out over new Big Ten foe Nebraska.

Aaron Burbridge: If Se'Von Pittman is the defensive stud of the class Aaron Burbridge is his offensive counterpart. The Farmington Hills product is expected to be a big time play maker for the Spartans and put together with the other offensive weapons in the class fans should be very excited about the future.

MacGarrett Kings: Florida is known for the speed players they produce and Kings fits the bill. How smart is Kings? He knew if he brought his game to the north he would have some special skills he could bring to the table. A high school running back, Kings will be a receiver in the Green & White.

Nick Tompkins: A player who understands what the Big Ten is all about as his dad played for Wisconsin. Mark Dantonio loves players who have grown up with a family member who played the game. With the pressure on Tompkins wasted little time in taking the Spartans up on their offer knowing only one running back was needed.

Jamal Lyles: Impressed Spartan coaches at Sound Mind, Sound Body by showing off his great athleticism as a linebacker. The future at linebacker are players that are long and fluid, Lyles is both and once he hits a college weight program look out.

Josiah Price: While some may be surprised about Price's rise over the summer Spartan Digest is not. We first saw Price in a combine in February and was impressed with his overall physical skills. Price also earned his Spartan offer with his camp performance. Capable of being a tight end, H-Back or defensive end at the college level.

Kyle Kerrick: The Spartans went into Pennsylvania and grabbed Kerrick who has the physical size they love from the wide receiver position. Great size and above average speed should give Kerrick a chance to be another top target in the Spartans offense in the future.

Se'Von Pittman: The star of the Spartans recruiting class and for good reasons. Many feel Pittman is better than his former high school teammate Steve Miller who signed with Ohio State in the 2011 class. Has a chance to be a special player off the edge.

Tyler O'Connor: O'Connor is a player we liked on film and each time we've seen him throw. Impressive at the Elite 11 after coming off a strong showing at Michigan State's final summer camp of the summer. May be the player to watch after Andrew Maxwell finishes his career.

Evan Jones: One of the surprises of the recruiting class as not much was known about Jones. However, what we saw in camp proved he's got the talent to play tight end, defensive end or even grow into an athletic offensive tackle.

Benny McGowan: Benny comes from one of the top programs in the state of Ohio and is well developed as a run blocker. He'll need to work on pass blocking as his high school team runs the triple option. Nevertheless, this is a great pickup by the Spartans as many expect him to be a great guard at the college level.

Zach Higgins: We saw Zach in camp this summer and have to give him credit as he did not have to camp. However, while we know what he can do run blocking, he did show he'll need some work in his pass blocking. We fully expect Zach to continue to grow as a player and be a strong enforcer type at the college level.

Riley Bullough: Riley continues to grow physically and by the time he gets to campus will be a linebacker for the Spartans. We saw Riley in camp and he was very impressive showing great athleticism and ball skills. Like his brother, Riley's best football will be played in the Green & White.


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