Big Board Reset: Top Five Targets

With less than a month until signing day, Spartan Digest looks at the top five prospects left on the Michigan State board.

Malik McDowell (Southfield)

The in-state defensive tackle has long been one of the top targets for the Spartans and his recruitment with Michigan State has picked up steam of late.

The Spartans are rumored to be at or near the top of his list. People around the MSU program have felt for a while that McDowell favors the Spartans the most, but his parents have to be sold on the program and academics in East Lansing.

The other top schools seem to be Michigan and Ohio State, with LSU and Florida State making up his top five.

Daniel Cage (Cincinnati Winton Woods)

Another defensive tackle the Spartans have coveted for some time, Cage is a player the Spartans would love to have in the 2014 class. He is expected to take an official to East Lansing sometime soon. His top two for a while have been Louisville and Michigan State, but with Louisville coaching changes, it has to impact the chances he winds up at MSU. He also received an offer from Notre Dame this week.

Harlon Barnett is the lead recruiter, which is always good news for the Spartans as he is a strong recruiter.

T.J. Harrell (Tampa Catholic)

Another player the Spartans offered early in the process and targeted quickly, Harrell likely would be a safety at Michigan State. He took an official visit for the Michigan game on Nov. 2. Harrell brings an athleticism and speed to the MSU defense and would be a high-profile pull from talent-rich Florida.

His cousin is former Spartans cornerback Jeremy Ware.

Terry Ramsey (Clayton Northmont, Ohio)

Michigan State wants to add a big defensive end to the class and Ramsey fits the ball as a 6-foot-5 strongside defensive end. He committed to Louisville in the summer, but with Charlie Strong leaving to go to Texas, he could be open.

An official visit is expected to take place the weekend of Jan. 24, according to Dave Berk.

Kyle Gibson (Seffner Armwood, Fla.)

Another player committed to a school with a recent coaching change (Vanderbilt), Gibson already was on Michigan State's radar before James Franklin left for Penn State.

Adding a defensive back – like Harrell or Gibson – remains a focus as one of the only positions other than a lineman in the 2014 class.

He took an official visit to East Lansing for the Michigan game on Nov. 2.

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