Michigan State has offered a handful of top running backs in the 2015 class – and fortunately for the Spartans, the Midwest is full of top athletes at the position for them to target.
The Spartans have brought in two running backs in each of the past two classes, and could do the same again – especially with the talent out there.
We take a look at five running back recruits, all with offers and all rumored – or confirmed – to have had the Spartans leading either at present or previously.
L.J. Scott – Hubbard (Ohio)
Scott has been talking highly of Michigan State for a while and told Scout.com's Bill Greene that he was close to committing after his visit for the spring game and after each visit, he finds himself closer and closer to committing. He holds offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn and a host of other schools, but still the Spartans have been reported as the leader recently. The four-star is the No. 8 ranked running back by Scout and has said he would like to make a commitment this summer.
Mike Weber – Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech
Weber has been to Michigan State plenty, as have many of his Cass Tech teammates. His recruitment has been shifting throughout, as reportedly Michigan has led, Michigan State has led and now it might be back to Michigan. Ohio State and Wisconsin also are in the picture.
Darrin Hall – Youngstown (Ohio) Fitch
Another Ohio product, Hall was offered by Michigan State a while ago. He also holds offers from Nebraska and Virginia Tech, but is rumored to have the Spartans on top. His recruitment could tie into Scott's, as if the Spartans pick up a commitment from Scott, it could change their pursuit of Hall.
Khari Willis – Jackson (Mich.) Lumen Christi
Willis holds a few MAC offers, with Michigan State as his lone Big Ten offer at this time. The Jackson Lumen Christi standout put up more than 300 yards on the ground in a playoff game with Scout.com on hand to see him play. Willis is being recruited as an athlete, as he could project to linebacker at the next level. He has said that Michigan State and Western Michigan are where he is most comfortable.
John Kelly – Oak Park (Mich.)
Kelly's offer also came as an athlete, but he had a big season as a running back last year as a junior. He has said he wants to take his time with his recruitment, which could lead to him being pinched out of the picture. He also holds an offer from Minnesota, which could be a landing spot for Kelly.