2015 Michigan State Class Superlatives

With the signatures inked at last, we hand out some awards to class signed by Michigan State in 2015 from most likely to be a captain to biggest miss

BIGGEST RECRUITING WIN

Mike Wilson: L.J. Scott

Allen Trieu: L.J. Scott

There are quite a few choices in this category, but the edge goes to Scott. The standout running back from Hubbard (Ohio) was one the most coveted recruits nationally – and definitely one of the best in Ohio. What usually happens with top players in Ohio? They got to Ohio State. Scott spurned the Buckeyes in favor of the Spartans. That, for Michigan State, makes him the biggest win in this recruiting cycle.

Honorable Mention: Kaleel Gaines, Josh Butler, Kyonta Stallworth

INSTANT IMPACT

Wilson: L.J. Scott

Trieu: L.J. Scott

Not only was Scott the biggest win, but he is the most likely to see the field right away. Michigan State lost Jeremy Langford to graduation as well as primary backup Nick Hill. Who will step in? There are candidates already at MSU such as Delton Williams and Madre London, but Scott brings in a lot of talent and a lot of hype. He could step in and contribute right away as Edwin Baker, Larry Caper and Le’Veon Bell did previously.

Honorable Mention: Tyriq Thompson, Raequan Williams, Kaleel Gaines

MR. VERSATILE

Wilson: Kaleel Gaines

Trieu: David Dowell

Gaines played cornerback, safety, quarterback, running back and wide receiver at Frostproof (Fla.) and excelled at every spot. He will come to Michigan State as a defensive back and could play either cornerback or safety. Dowell stood out at both wide receiver and cornerback, so he could project to either at Michigan State.

Honorable Mention: Andrew Dowell, Khari Willis

MOST LIKELY FUTURE CAPTAIN

Wilson: Khari Willis

Trieu: Tyriq Thompson

Willis comes from a big family and is on the younger end, but until you learn that, he strikes you as an oldest child. He is a strong leader, who is a lead-by-example type. He does things the right way, will put his nose to the ground and work hard and bring others along with him. Thompson brings solid leadership attributes as well, as he is a strong personality with a lot of people who respect him. He figures to grow into a leadership role in his time at Michigan State.

Honorable Mention: Brian Lewerke

NEVER EXPECTED THIS IN AUGUST

Wilson: Andrew and David Dowell

Trieu: Andrew and David Dowell

The Dowell twins committed early to Northwestern before flipping to Kentucky, so it never seemed like there was anything set to happen with Michigan State. That changed about a week before signing day when MSU offered and they promptly flipped.

Honorable Mention: Cole Chewins, Cassius Peat, Mufi Hunt

SLEEPER

Wilson: Cole Chewins

Trieu: Cole Chewins

It is a testament to Michigan State’s class that it is hard to pick a sleeper recruit, but the edge goes to Chewins. He comes in as a grayshirt and time will tell what comes of it, but the potential is there to be a solid offensive tackle. And in a class full of a lot of high-profile recruits, Chewins is the ideal fit for the sleeper category.

Honorable Mention: Grayson Miller

CHECK BACK IN TWO YEARS

Wilson: Noah Listermann

Trieu: Justice Alexander

MSU has built depth at plenty of spots and offensive linemen are the perfect fit for check back recruits. In the case of Listermann, football still is relatively new to him, so the next level will be an adjustment. With his 6-foot-7, 293-pound frame, he has a lot of potential to be a beastly offensive tackle down the road. Alexander brings a similar level of raw to his game. He is unrefined, but scary athletic and has the potential to be a bit-time defensive end – or possibly an offensive tackle.

Honorable Mention: Cole Chewins, Grayson Miller, Mufi Hunt

MOST INTERESTING JOURNEY TO MSU

Wilson: Grayson Miller

Trieu: Drake Martinez

Miller came to Michigan State a complete unknown. He blew up over the two-day camp, impressing in all drills and earning an offer from the performance. The son of former Spartan Jim Miller, he committed a couple hours later. It was the most out-of-leftfield commitment of the class. Martinez also had a different journey to MSU. It is not many times a player is recruited by a school, commits to a different school, goes to junior college then winds up back being recruited by the original school yet again. This time, he picked MSU.

Honorable Mention: Josh Butler, Tyler Higby, Mufi Hunt

MOST LIKELY TO OUTPERFORM RANKING

Wilson: Felton Davis

Trieu: Cole Chewins

Davis is a three-star wide receiver with some pretty strong offers, but he also is the biggest wide receiver MSU has taken in the past couple classes. He has a chance to make a strong impact when MSU loses a lot of depth in the next two offseasons. If he develops, he should leave as one of those players whose ranking you say was far off. Chewins, as mentioned above, is a player that could develop into a big offensive tackle. He is rated outside the Top 100 offensive tackles on Scout.com, but if he bulks up and develops, he could be among the best out there.

Honorable Mention: Brian Lewerke, Kaleel Gaines

BIGGEST MISS

Wilson: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

Trieu: Quart’e Sapp

To me, Arcega-Whiteside was a second big-bodied receiver to pair up with Davis in the class. It was down to Michigan State and Stanford, with Stanford being the choice for the receiver. He was a player MSU set its sights on last summer and quickly had gained ground, but lost out. Sapp was one of the final targets leading up to signing day for Michigan State and the Spartans got an official visit in January but he picked Tennessee. Sapp was a strong fit at linebacker for the Spartans.

Honorable Mention: Mike Weber, Miles Boykin


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