It has been a very good pair of months for Michigan State on the recruiting trail. While June brought in four commits, the months of July and August have yielded big names en masse for the Spartans.
It got going with a major splash from Hubbard (Ohio) running back L.J. Scott, who is the Spartans’ top-ranked commit on Scout.com. It continued with a pair of commits on July 21, as Highland Springs (Va.) wide receiver Felton Davis and West Mesquite (Texas) cornerback Josh Butler joined the fold. Houston Kinkaid offensive lineman Tyler Higby closed out the month of July giving the Spartans four in the month and two from the state of Texas.
Two more prospects popped in August as Frostproof (Fla.) defensive back Kaleel Gaines picked the Spartans over major offers from Alabama, Florida State and more. Soon after, Detroit King linebacker Tyriq Thompson brought the class back to in-state with his commitment.
The class now sits at 13 commitments, with seven on defense and six on offense.
With just a handful of spots remaining, the focus should be on a few positions in particular.
First and foremost, the Spartans should be aiming to land at least one more wide receiver. They have one committed with Davis, but after only taking two in 2013 – including R.J. Shelton – and not taking any true receivers in 2014, it is a position of need. Houston Nimitz receiver Darrell Stewart has been a name commonly thought to be one that winds up at Michigan State. The Boise State commit should take an official visit this fall. Oak Park (Mich.) athlete John Kelly could fill another spot at wide receiver, as the Spartans see his ability to play wide out, running back and defensive back.
Another spot to address is in the trenches – on both sides. The Spartans have three offensive linemen committed with Detroit King offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth, Cincinnati Winton Woods offensive tackle Noah Listermann and Higby. Another tackle would be good for the Spartans to continue padding depth as they did in the 2014 class, bringing in a solid haul of linemen. Westerville (Ohio) South’s Rob Dowdy could be one to fill that, as could Sebastian (Fla.) River’s Marcus Norman.
On the other side of the ball, Michigan State has a commitment from Nordonia (Ohio) defensive end Justice Alexander and will be looking to address another spot on the defensive line. A tackle would be ideal, as Ontario (Canada) St. Catharine’s defensive tackle Neville Gallimore or Minneapolis De La Salle’s Drayton Carlberg would be a good get at that spot.
Lastly, adding a third linebacker is in Michigan State’s interest to join Thompson and potentially either Jackson (Mich.) Lumen Christi’s Khari Willis or Georgetown (Ky.) Scott’s Grayson Miller – both of whom are thought of as safeties at this time. The most likely seems to be Columbus (Ohio) Marion Franklin’s Anthony McKee, who came close to committing on a visit in early August.
As of now, those seem to be the likely positions to close out the Spartans’ 2015 class, which already sits in a great spot. It probably has not been ruled out to add a second running back, if the right player comes along, but those four spots are big for this class.