Michigan State has put together a solid and deep recruiting class – with fewer projects in it than in the majority of Mark Dantonio’s previous classes.
But with a big 6-foot-7 frame, Michigan State offered a gray shirt to Clarkston (Mich.) prospect Cole Chewins – who is a project with high upside.
Chewins spent the majority of his career at Clarkston at tight end, but also has played defensive end. The position MSU has in mind is that which he played as a senior: Offensive tackle.
Weighing in around 235 pounds, Chewins is not likely to make an immediate impact – and will not be expected to contribute soon. His focus will be to gain weight and bulk up. He spent last winter doing the same thing as he made the move to offensive tackle and recognized that likely was where his future would lie at the next level.
That again will be the order for him. But the nice situation for Michigan State is he has the ability to play multiple spots. He has a high upside with a low risk as a player for that reason.
If things don’t work out at offensive tackle, expect MSU to give him work at defensive end.
In that ability to play multiple spots and with the frame so he can possibly be a huge offensive tackle, it is hard to say what to think of Chewins at this point. Check back in three years and see where he is. But for Michigan State, they took on a player that has a lot of potential and could pay major dividends later.