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.
The second part will focus on the six players from out of state with offers that Michigan State is hard after and most wants to see in the class when signing day rolls around:
Messiah deWeaver – Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne quarterback
deWeaver is the quarterback Michigan State wants in its class, having gone as far as telling him exactly that. At 6-foot-4, 200 pound, he is an ideal pro-style quarterback that can make a lot of throws with good arm strength. The one-time Michigan commit re-opened his recruitment officially last month, but had been visiting Michigan State already before that. The strong interest appears mutual and he has said the Spartans have everything he is looking for in a school. Others have been showing interest with the likes of Florida, Auburn, Kentucky and more, but Michigan State looks like it leads and could be the one to land a commitment.
Matt Allen – Hinsdale (Ill.) Central center
Of all the players that will be featured in this series, the most likely to wind up in the class has to be Allen. The younger brother of Jack and Brian, Matt is the next player in line for the Allen family. He plays center just like his brothers and with MSU as the lone offer, it probably is the only one that matters.
Auston Robertson – Fort Wayne (Ind.) Wayne
Robertson burst onto the scene last summer and now has a lot of offers to his name, including the big four from a player in the region as MSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame all have offered. It’s down to MSU, OSU and ND with an announcement coming in June at the RAS camp, where he will announce on the same day as Fort Wayne Bishop Luers wide receiver Austin Mack. Mack appears headed to Ohio State, where Robertson, his good friend could join him. Michigan State probably is right there with Ohio State in the race.
Josh King – Hinsdale (Ill.) South
King, like Robertson, has the offers to match Robertson and the two are similar in stature as well. Unlike Robertson, King’s recruitment looks much more wide open and could have more time before a decision is reached. He has said good things about Michigan State after previous visits.
Justin Layne – Cleveland Benedictine wide receiver
Another player with the major Midwest offers as well as Florida, Penn State and then some, Layne was an early target for Michigan State. The Spartans were his first offer last February, so that was a big deal for Layne, but the attention has just grown. An Ohio kid with an Ohio State offer always is tough to pull, but Michigan State showed it could do that in the last class with L.J. Scott and Noah Listermann. He has said he hopes to make a decision before his senior year with visits coming this spring and summer. OSU figures to be tough to beat, but Layne is a player Michigan State would very much like to land.
Michal Menet – Reading (Pa.) Exeter Township
Menet has as impressive an offer list as a player can have as the 6-foot-4, 264-pound offensive tackle is coveted all over. He named a top five of Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Florida State and Duke, but his recruitment has been rather quiet. He visited Michigan State last spring and had a lot of praise for the Spartans.
Honorable Mention: Demario McCall - North Ridgeville (Ohio) running back, Malik Barrow - IMG Academy defensive end), Liam Eichenberg – Cleveland St Ignatius offensive guard, Brendan Ferns – St. Clairsville (Ohio) linebacker, Daniel Joseph – Lake Forest Academy (Ill.) defensive end, Carter Coughlin - Eden Prairie (Minn.) linebacker, George Hill – Hubbard (Ohio) running back (Ohio State commit)