In this three-part series, SpartanDigest takes an early look at the class of 2016. We take a look at where their recruitments are believed to sit, current offers and where we think Michigan State is with each player.
To kick it off, the first part will focus on the six players from the state of Michigan that Michigan State are important for this Michigan State class – the ones MSU is hard after and most wants to see in the class when signing day rolls around:
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Corley is the top-ranked player on Scout.com from the state of Michigan and for good reason. The Detroit King wide receiver brings speed, length and big play ability to the wide receiver position and also is a solid cornerback. Michigan State offered pretty early and it was an emotional offer for him. He played last year with MSU commits Kyonta Stallworth and Tyriq Thompson, which figures to help the Spartans in his recruitment. Could the Spartans land his services? They are one of the frontrunners, but with national offers and a lot of interest, it could be a while. Ohio State, Tennessee and Notre Dame are other schools vying for Corley’s services. Keeping the best in-state playmaker in a class that will need a handful of wide receivers is huge for Michigan State.
Kareem committed to Michigan State recently, but decided he pulled the trigger a little bit too quickly and wants to take his time. The Spartans still appear to be the frontrunner for the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Farmington Hills Harrison defensive end, but he will take other visits before making a final decision. He said to me recently: “I really like MSU a lot. I just committed too soon.” Michigan, Oregon and Ohio State should facto into his recruitment moving forward, with Michigan State still the likely landing spot. His offer list is national and MSU would be happy to land him.
Early on, it appeared Lukusa was a heavy Michigan lean. That cooled and it looked like Michigan State was the frontrunner and they might even get a commit from the Traverse City West offensive lineman. He holds offers from the likes of Georgia, Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Michigan State has been building a solid offensive line in recent years and Lukusa would help continue that as he brings a 6-foot-5, 300-pound frame to the interior of the OL.
On the subject of in-state offensive lineman, Jordan is the highest-ranked one from Michigan. The Plymouth offensive tackle holds offers from Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State in addition to the Spartans. His recruitment has been quiet, but his game is anything but as a 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive tackle. Like Lukusa, he is another player MSU will want to keep in-state and to build a future offensive line around.
Michigan State offered Vance a couple weeks ago and the Cass Tech safety is a great fit for what MSU likes in its secondary. He has a good build and will only get stronger, but plays tough. He will continue getting more offers and just landed Michigan this week. He already holds offers from Tennessee, Iowa, Cincinnati and more. MSU will be in a battle if they want to land Vance as Michigan probably sits well following that offer.
The lone player on the list without an offer, Claiborne is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound safety/wide receiver. The Clinton Township Chippewa Valley standout is long and rangy and brings a lot of D-1 potential on both sides of the ball. Michigan State likely would be locked in on him at safety. He already has landed a Cincinnati offer, as well as a handful of MAC offers. That list should grow this summer and his opportunity to land an MSU offer would likely come at camp.