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 close out the series, the third part will focus on the six players from outside the state of Michigan that do not yet have offers, but should ultimately get them:
Turner is not the biggest tight end, at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, but he is a grinder. He is a tough player with enough athleticism and could have a lot of success in the Spartans offense. Michigan State has shown a lot of early interest in the Mundelein (Ill.) Carmel prospect. He already holds a handful of Big Ten offers, but Michigan State would be one that stands out for Turner.
Another tight end with a handful of Big Ten offers – and then some – and solid Michigan State interest, Davis could be in line to ultimately land an offer. He has good size at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds and comes from a solid high school program in Cincinnati St. Xavier. He plans to camp in East Lansing this summer and has visited before.
MSU hit at Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward last cycle with the Dowell twins and Butler could be next in line. The 6-foot-2 athlete – who projects at either defensive back or wide receiver – already has put together a nice offer list with the likes of Iowa, Kentucky, Pitt and more in the mix. Michigan State could join that list and put itself in a very, very good position quickly if that offer comes. Butler camped in East Lansing last summer and likely will do the same this summer if necessary.
Another Ohio prospect, Flowers hails from Lima. The 6-foot-4 wide receiver should be a good target for his size and ability on the edge. His offer list is a little slight right now as just Illinois, Iowa and Toledo, but that figures to grow because of his athletic ability. He has been on campus in East Lansing.
A teammate of Noah Turner’s at Mundelein (Ill.) Carmel, Foster is a 6-foot-8 offensive linemen with the best offer list of the recruits on this list. Nebraska and Cal are the top schools, but Indiana, Kentucky, NC State, Minnesota and many others are in the mix. He camped at Michigan State this summer and showed well.
Bannerman fits the bill for what Michigan State has looked for in defensive ends lately – tall, lengthy and athletic. He committed to Kentucky over the weekend, but it is very early. He spoke highly of Michigan State after a visit and actually hails from Detroit – now playing for Columbus (Ohio) Pickerington Central. MSU flipped Andrew Dowell and David Dowell from UK late last class and the Wildcats struggled to hold onto many others as well. Could that happen again? Time will tell.
Honorable Mention: Jango Glackin – IMG Academy linebacker, Ethan Tucky – Delaware (Ohio) Hayes linebacker, Chris Daniels – Euless (Texas) Trinity defensive lineman, Patrice Rene – Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal cornerback, Emmanuel Rugamba – Naperville (Ill.) Central